Kua putu ngā tupu o ngā kai i ngā paenga o ngā māra.

Kua uru ngā kai kai te rua, kua mutu ngā mahi a te tangata.

All straw is now stacked at the borders of the plantations.
Crops are now stored in pits. The tasks of man are finished.
  • Co-Directors Update

  • He Maimai Aroha: Joseph Hawke, Aroha Rereti-Crofts  

  • Kaupapa Matua: Moana Jackson

  • Kōrero with our NPM Kāhui Ārahi - Mohi Rua

  • New Co-Chairs, Te Tira Takimano

  • Ngā Pae back in the day (2004-2005)

  • New Co-Editors, MAI Journal

  • Fullbright-NPM Awards 2022

  • Mānuka Hēnare Book Launch

  • IIRC22 | Save the Date!

  • Rongoā Māori Online Symposium

  • Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series

  • Webinar Replays


The countdown is on for our flagship event, the International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC), which will be held in virtual mode from November 14–18. IIRC is whanaungatanga at its best, bringing together scholars, knowledge-holders, practitioners and decision makers from across Aotearoa and the Indigenous world to share, reflect, and celebrate. The NPM secretariat has been a hive of activity, making arrangements and confirming keynote speakers and panels. Watch this space for future announcements on our exciting programme of speakers and the call for abstracts.

Our NPM Wānanga Paetukutuku webinar series also kicked off this month with contributions from senior NPM research leaders Professor Helen Moewaka-Barnes, Associate Professor Karyn Paringatai, and Dr Shaun Awatere. The quarterly webinar series brings together NPM researchers and a diverse lineup of Māori movers and shakers to discuss research and evidence for policy and interventions. The first webinar focused on the NPM research programme and the Matakitenga framework driving our vision of flourishing Māori futures and research for collective impact.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here. The next webinar is scheduled for September 8. 

Also this month we were thrilled to see four wāhine Māori inducted as Ahorangi Hou/New Fellows of the Royal Society Te Apārangi in Pōneke. Special highlights included NPM senior researcher Professor Angus Macfarlane reading the citation (and giving a proud kihi) for his wife Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane, and NPM board member Amokura Kawharu signing the Fellows book 28 years after her father, Sir Hugh Kawharu, was inducted.

Ngā mihi nui to Tara, Kahu and the team at Te Apārangi for their manaakitanga.

From left: Amokura Kawharu, Tahu Kukutai, Gail Gillon, Angus Macfarlane, Sonja Macfarlane, Angela Wanhalla

Meanwhile, the intellectual legacy of our NPM colleague, the late Dr Mānuka Henare, will be celebrated with the upcoming launch of his book He Whenua Rangatira: A Mana Māori History of the Early-Mid Nineteenth Century at Waitangi.

Mānuka was a core part of the NPM whānau for many years, serving as a lead researcher and kaumātua for our Māori Economic Development programme Whai Rawa. During his tenure Mānuka provided critical research leadership and mentorship in the fields of mātauranga, Māori and Indigenous business enterprise, development economics, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Finally, the past months have brought tremendous loss for Te Ao Māori, with the passing of inspirational leaders Moana nui a Kiwa Jackson, Kahurangi Aroha Rereti-Crofts DNZM CBE and Joseph (Joe) Hawke MNZM. Their unwavering strength and lifetime of contribution has left an enduring legacy which NPM is incredibly grateful for. We reflect on this more below.


Ngā Pou Matarua | Co-Directors

  • Professor Tahu Kukutai
  • Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora


Joseph (Joe) Parata Hawke (1940-2022)
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei rangataria Joe Hawke is known around the Indigenous world for his courageous leadership of the occupation at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point) in the 1970s. The protest marked a turning point in the evolution of modern Māori protest and provided a catalyst for other iwi to follow. 

Joe was only a boy when his whānau were displaced from their papakāinga (ancestral village) at nearby Ōkahu Bay and the houses were razed by Auckland Council. Situated in a highly sought-after oceanview location, Takaparawhau had been gifted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for defense purposes in the 19th century, but was never returned. The remaining reserve had been whittled away by the government through compulsory acquisition. 

In 1976, when Prime Minister Robert Muldoon announced plans to subdivide and sell the land for luxury housing, Joe began a peaceful protest at Takaparawhau. He set up camp with his wife, kids, and dogs and invited others to join. Hundreds did and the occupation lasted 506 days.

On 25 May 1978, a massive police contingent in army-style convoys forcibly removed the protesters and Joe was among the 222 people arrested.

The display of state force made visible the deep injustices that hapū and iwi faced in seeking the return of their land.

Dr Joe Hawke

Following a Waitangi Tribunal inquiry in the mid-1980s, much of the land was later returned to, or vested with, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Tē whakakauriki te puna maimai aroha mō te tāpui tāmaka kua riro

Kei te amokapua e Hohepa, waiho nei tō ihi tō rahi hei ranga wairua mō tō iwi

Whārikihia te korowai aroha ki a koutou anō hoki o Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei

Tōreke mā hūpē ma roimata hei whakamauru noa i te murimuri aroha

Tēnei a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga e tangi pūkare e whakamiha nei
Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts (1938-2022)
Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu embodied mana wahine (female authority and power) in everything she did. She was a national president of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, a tribal leader, respected elder, teacher and staunch advocate for wāhine and tamariki Māori.

During her presidency of the League (1990 to 1993), Dame Aroha used the role to support wāhine Māori business startups and development.

Among her many roles, she also served on the board of Māori Women’s Development Inc., the Poutama Training Centre, and the Māori Midwives Trust. Dame Aroha was also a kaumātua of Tuahiwi marae and had represented Ngāi Tūāhuriri on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Dame Aroha was a lifelong kapa haka enthusiast, having begun performing as a young child.

Dame Aroha Reriti (Left) with the Former Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy after her investiture at Government House, Wellington, 2020.

In 1974 she co-tutored the Māori cultural performance group at the Commonwealth Games. So deep was her love for kapa haka she set a world endurance record for a poi performance: 30 hours and 19 minutes!

E te huia kaimanawa, moe mai rā.

Kaupapa Matua: Dr Te Moananui a Kiwa Kauwhakatuakina Jackson
(Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Porou) (1945-1922)

Photo: Screenshot from the documentary 'Portrait of a Quiet Revolutionary' byTawera Productions

Much has been written over the past month about the late, great Moana Jackson. He was many things to many people. And he was legendary for many things - his devastating intellect, unwavering principles, and commitment to social justice and mana Māori motuhake. For NPM, Moana was instrumental in mentoring and nurturing a generation of scholars and changemakers. One of those was NPM researcher, Dr Carwyn Jones, a noted legal scholar in his own right. Here he reflects on Moana’s personal impact and wider contribution.

“Are you going to be a Māori lawyer or a lawyer who just happens to be Māori?”
- Dr Carwyn Jones
That is the question that Moana Jackson posed to generations of Māori law students. It was a question that became well known amongst Māori lawyers. And it was classic Moana. It seemed, at first, like a simple question. But it prompted you to think. What did it mean to be a Māori lawyer? A simple question that ultimately revealed complex and nuanced layers. And there was a challenge there too, wrapped up in a question - a choice to be made, even though there was really only one option to choose. As always, Moana challenged us to think critically, to be reflective and deliberate in our choices, and to always act according to principle and what was right.
On those occasions when I had to introduce Moana as a speaker or a guest lecturer, I always struggled with how to describe him. ‘Constitutional lawyer’ cropped up amongst the brief biographical details he often used for such purposes. It was a functional enough description, but it always felt a bit insufficient to me. It didn’t seem to capture anything close to the contribution he had made. I sometimes introduced him as ‘an advocate for Māori’.

I felt that at least recognised that his work went beyond technical legal analysis, and was always grounded in support for the aspirations of Māori and Indigenous Peoples. However, as I reflect on this, that description also seems a bit inadequate and incomplete. He most definitely was an advocate for Māori – his presence, often behind the scenes, at protests, occupations, and at all kinds of other hui where his thoughtful, creative intellect was needed was testament to that. But perhaps it makes more sense to think of Moana as an advocate for principles – an advocate for justice, for tino rangatiratanga and for Te Tiriti.
He was, without a doubt, one of the most principled people that I have known. That is clear in his more well-known works, such as his 1988 report, Māori and the Criminal Justice System: He Whaipaanga Hou, his contribution as chair of the Indigenous Peoples caucus during the time of the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the 2016 report of Matike Mai Aotearoa. That careful, principled approach was always evident in his thinking, in the way he thought through broader issues of racism, decolonisation, and freedom of expression.

Moana always worked from a foundation of principle. This is part of what gave his work such strength and helped to make him such a trusted and beloved figure in te ao Māori.
For Māori lawyers, he was both a guiding light and a role model. His writing was one of the main things that inspired me to study law, and I know I am far from alone on that score. As a legal researcher, he always centred the voices and experiences of Māori. He showed us how we could use our training to unpick the coloniser’s law and, perhaps more importantly, how we could recognise and value Māori law in our work.

Carwyn Jones with Moana Jackson
Speaking truth to power
NPM had the privilege of working with, and learning from, Moana who was a keynote speaker and presenter at a number of our conferences. Below are a few excerpts of some of the profound words he shared…

Moana Jackson with former NPM leaders after his keynote address at the NPM Traditional Knowledge Conference 2008.
From left: Professor Michael Walker, Professor Tracey McIntosh, Adjunct Professor and former Judge Michael Brown, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Dr Joseph Te Rito, Moana Jackson. (Photo: NPM)
‘Power, law and the privileging of difference’
Dr Moana Jackson | Keynote Speaker | International Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Conference 2010
“The whole struggle that Māori and Indigenous peoples have had to reclaim their rightful place is first of all about being clear who we are. And that in the end who we are is a matter that only we can define. It is a matter that only we have the right to make decisions about.“

“…For me one of the beauties in Māori knowledge, one of the charms and indeed one of the efficacy of Indigenous knowledge, is that it has a unique way of defining the people to whom the language belongs. It has nothing to do with blood. It has nothing to do with skull size or whatever. It has to do with who you are. And for our tīpuna and our mātauranga as I understand it - if you are born the mokopuna of an iwi, if you are born the grandchild of the people to whom you belong, to your tribal nation, then you are us. And within that definition it actually doesn’t matter about all of the different parts that make you up. Because you can’t have half a mokopuna. You can’t have one eighth of a mokopuna. And so a child might have a Ngāti Porou father and a Chinese mother. Most Pākehā people would call that baby half-caste. If the baby had a Ngāpuhi mother and a Russian grandfather then it would be a quarter-caste Māori. Or like the Opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, be only ‘part’ Māori.  And I often wonder ‘which part?’ Must be her voice. And just recently if I can have a quiet little whānau gloat here, our first great grandchild was born. And when I held her in my arms there was this beautiful, complete whole mokopuna. On one side her grandfather is from Lancashire, on the other side her grandmother is a mokopuna of Rua Kēnana - and then she has this wonderful Kahungunu Ngāti Porou whakapapa as well. But when I held her in my arms on the day she was born she was not part Lancashire, she was not part Tūhoe, she was this beautiful complete mokopuna. And as I said before, for me one of the joys of our intellectual tradition is it looks for the wholeness, it looks for the completeness. And what the colonising intellectual tradition tried to do was break down that wholeness.”

The full recording of Moana's 2010 talk can be viewed on our Media Centre.

International Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Conference 2010

Power, law and the privileging of difference - Moana Jackson

Duration: 45mins
‘The Reality in our Communities and Amongst Flaxroots’
Dr Moana Jackson | Keynote Speaker | Critical & Sensitive Research Issues Symposium 2009
“… When I was growing up those who committed violence at home were known and named and shamed. The difference that happens now is that there is a demand that we take that shame into the public Pākehā arena. But If we do that and we are not careful about the way we do it, then we expose our people to more violence. …because the great unspoken violence in this country is actually the violence that others have done and continue to do to us. So we can talk and be justly hurt and upset and concerned about the damage we do to each other. We can struggle to find solutions on how as Māori we deal with that. But unless we are more honest about the violence of colonisation then we will not actually find a long term solution to the violence we do to each other … Colonisation has not stopped, it has not become post-colonial. It is an ongoing violent process of dispossession that can affect our people in many different ways.”

The full recording of Moana's 2009 talk can be viewed on our Media Centre.

Critical & Sensitive Research Issues Symposium 2009

The Reality in our Communities and Amongst Flaxroots - Moana Jackson

Duration: 24mins
We end with the waiata Ngā Iwi E! which has become synonymous with Māori political activism and protest. Written in the 80s, the tune became symbolic of the Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific movement. The lyrics of the first verse are the perfect ode to Moana, befitting his oceanic name and expansive influence.

Ngā iwi e, ngā iwi e             People, people
Kia kōtahi rā,                      Unite as one
Te Moana nui a Kiwa            Like the Pacific Ocean

Kaitito Waiata:
Hirini Melbourne, Kui Wano, Mereana Pitman, Robin Mohi,
Taura Eruera, Topp Twins + others unknown

NGA IWI E! - Kaupapa Anthems

Kei te tāpui tāmaka e Moana, kua ngū tō reo atamai
Ahatia tō reo māika noa, ngāwari te tuku
He ahakoa tonu he reo whakatakoto kōpere, he reo hūnuku maunga
He koiora okea ururoatia, mo tō iwi Māori te take
E te mōtoi kahotea, takoto i ō tūpuna, e moe okioki ai


Kōrero with our NPM Kāhui Ārahi - Research Leadership Team
Each month we feature a member of our NPM Kāhui Ārahi- Research Leadership Team in our e-pānui. This month we talked with Dr Mohi Rua from The University of Waikato who is leading the NPM Pou Pātai Whānau.

Kia ora e hoa! Ko wai tō ingoa, nō whea koe?

Ko Parekohe te maunga, ko Ōhinemataroa te awa, ko Waikirikiri te marae, ko Hāmua te hapū, ko Tūhoe te iwi. Ko Mohi Rua taku ingoa.

I’m originally from Rūātoki but I was raised in Kawerau where my father worked in the Tasman Pulp & Paper factory. Most of our weekends and school holidays were spent in Rūātoki at the whānau farm, marae, or up the bush. At the time it felt like everyone from Rūātoki worked at Tasman since all my aunties, uncles and cousins lived around us. I have fond memories of growing up in Kawerau, a place I still call home, and I spent much of my time as a kid playing rugby during the winter and athletics and softball during the summer. Outside of those times I’d be on my BMX, or swimming in the creek or river with my mates. We’ll also be roaming in the bush and forest with the old man or cousins getting kai, firewood or hangi stones. Very simple things but they kept us outside all day. After Intermediate school in Kawerau I was shipped off to St Stephens (Tīpene) Boarding School, at the bottom of the Bombay hills. Similar to my grandfather, father and brothers and many of my whānau from Mataatua. I must admit, I spent most of my time at Tipene on the rugby field, or looking out the classroom window thinking about either training or the next kai. Fortunately I did enough to gain University Entrance at Waikato, and thrived within the individual learning focus approach. Still do today. I live in Hamilton and have done so for 30 years now and I teach as a senior lecturer in the University of Waikato’s School of Psychology focused on community and kaupapa Māori psychology. In my spare time I try and play golf, touch and do the odd coaching of my kids’ touch teams.

Can you give us a little glimpse into a ‘day in the life’ of Mohi?

My days revolve around my whānau which is primarily my partner and our children. Our four children are in the Kura Kaupapa Māori (TKKM) system so I do the school drop-offs for our two youngest who attend TKKM o Tōkū Māpihi Maurea. The kura (school) is on the university grounds so it’s really handy. Our two older children catch the bus to Ngā Taiātea Wharekura (high school)  which is on the opposite side of Hamilton from our whare (home). Beyond the usual work ‘day’, my ‘day in the life’ is fairly boring I suppose, but it’s spent carting my kids and their mates to either school, netball, league and touch training games and tournaments, and of course being their ATM post-training/games. Being a taxi driver and ATM is a full-time job, but something I enjoy. I sometimes act as a coach and manager of their touch teams as well. Then the day will end with scuffles over dinner, dishes and laundry.

What excites you about leading out Pou Patai Whānau?

The exciting thing about Pou Patai is being able to work with an incredible team of passionate and fiercely intelligent and progressive kaupapa Māori researchers. I’m stunned to be in their presence and then to connect with our communities that could lead to transformative outcomes is rewarding. The most important thing for me is to ensure the needs of our whānau are at the forefront of our research activities. This can be a challenge for our researchers who have a number of obligations within their work. So I like to work alongside our researchers to think about three things: a) how their work contributes to everyday change for our whānau; b) how their work might contribute to systemic change for future generations; c) how such changes can occur from a kaupapa Māori perspective. These fundamental questions allow us to think creatively about kaupapa Māori based solutions to ongoing social issues for Māori. Our researchers do this with humility, generosity and care for our people. It’s a privilege to be involved.

Our NPM vision is flourishing Māori futures. What does that mean for you?

Flourishing Māori futures to me means an ability to pursue and achieve rangatiratanga. In this pursuit we can do a couple of things, 1) have the ability to navigate society in ways that we as Māori choose is appropriate for ourselves, and 2) have access to and draw upon a Māori sense of cultural and social self towards flourishing Māori selves.

Lastly, if you could be a manu Māori/NZ Native Bird which one would you choose and why?

I would have to go with the Kākā simply because they are native, mischievous, inquisitive and a tad noisy which reminds me of my whānau.

Ngā mihi e hoa, he Kākā ketekete!

Mohi (hands on knees) with his whānau at Te Māpou marae, Maungapōhatu in front of Tane-nui-ā-rangi

Te Tira Takimona | Our Partners
Te Tira Takimano (TTT) is NPM’s independent partner body, comprising representatives from each of our 21 research partner entities. TTT is an electoral college for the NPM board, but also provides a forum for critical engagement around issues of shared interest, and for reflection on how we can best work together to achieve collective impact and benefit for our communities and whānau. Our TTT partners are:
  • AUT University
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Cawthron Institute
  • Eastern Institute of Technology
  • Eco Research Associates Ltd
  • Lincoln University
  • Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • Massey University
  • Te Atawhai o Te Ao: Independent Māori Research Institute for Environment and Health
  • Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Te Tapuae o Rēhua
  • Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • The University of Auckland (Host) acting through Te Wānanga o Waipapa
  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Otago 
  • The University of Waikato
  • Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Waikato-Tainui College
  • Whakauae Research - Māori Health and Development
New TTT Co-Chairs

At our recent TTT annual meeting we welcomed incoming Co-Chairs, Dr Rāwiri Tinirau and Professor David Tipene-Leach. David and Rāwiri both privilege Māori community development and mātauranga in their research, and bring a wealth of research knowledge and leadership experience to their TTT Co-Chair roles.


Dr David Tipene-Leach (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a GP and public health physician renowned for his innovative public health projects on the prevention of long-term conditions such as diabetes and sudden unexplained death in infancy. 

When he talks about SUDI he has often described this as his “best piece of work” which included developing and championing the wahakura, a woven flax bassinet that allows Māori mums to share a bed more safely with their newborn. 

The “safe sleep” programme that has flourished around the wahakura – and a plastic version, the pēpi-pod – was credited with decreasing SUDI deaths by 30 per cent over the years 2011-2016.
The latest development here is the Te Whare Pora o Hine-te-iwaiwa where pregnant Māori women ‘simply learn to weave’.

David spent 6 years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, 2 years at a University of Hawai’i at Manoa campus in Micronesia, and has worked for Tūhoe Hauora, Whakatōhea Health Centre, Ngāti Porou Hauora and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. 

Four years ago he took up a position as Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research at the Eastern Institute of Technology.  He has served on a number of Advisory Committees and Health Boards and was the founding and present Chairman of Te Ora, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

David is currently working at EIT, coordinating research projects in line with local post-Settlement interests and health fields including SUDI, renal transplants, food security and cultural safety
Dr Rāwiri Tinirau (Te Āti Haunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe) is the Director of Te Atawhai o Te Ao – an independent Māori research institute for environment and health based in Whanganui. His professional background and expertise is in education, research, Māori project/business management, and governance. Rāwiri is passionate about supporting kaupapa that develop Māori, iwi and hapū communities, and focuses this passion in his work.

As we welcome David and Rāwiri, we bid farewell and express our deep gratitude to outgoing Chair Dr Shaun Ogilvie. Shaun had served as the Chair of TTT since 2017 and actively supported the NPM leadership and network through the last successful CoRE rebid round. We are grateful for his contribution and wish him well in his new role as the Co-Director of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. Fortunately Shaun is not leaving us completely. He has also been appointed to the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury as a Professor of Ecology and the Environment, and he returns to TTT as the University of Canterbury representative.
HE HOKINGA MAHARA | Ngā Pae back in the day...
Continuing on with our 20th anniversary commemorations, this month we look back at highlights from the NPM Annual Report for 2004-2005. And what a year that was!
  • NPM launches AlterNative, its flagship academic journal and the world’s first international multi-disciplinary journal of indigenous studies.
Volume 1 Issue 1, December 2005

Excerpt of Foreword by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith Professor 

AlterNative has been established by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s National Institute of Research Excellence in Māori Development and Advancement, as an innovative new forum for indigenous scholars worldwide, where we can set our own agenda, content and arguments, and establish our own standards of excellence in indigenous scholarship. In this and future issues, AlterNative will showcase themes of indigenous knowledge and epistemologies, differing indigenous methodologies, research ethics, critiques from an indigenous perspective, and analyses of the challenges facing indigenous peoples in the 21st century. We believe there is a need for an international and multidisciplinary journal which acknowledges that indigenous researchers have different philosophies and writing imperatives. While other indigenous journals publish the analysis and concerns of specific indigenous peoples, this new journal connects all indigenous peoples, creating dialogue among the global community of indigenous academic researchers. Our aims are to present and explain indigenous research through native eyes and from native perspectives, and to employ discipline-based skills in pursuit of answers and solutions to the questions asked by our diverse communities. We want the journal to provide a means by which we can establish international understanding of indigenous academic discourse and assist in the creation of an academic community that can hold robust debates and advance knowledge. This is bound to be challenging, and we look forward to contributions from our colleagues around the world in future issues. 

AlterNative provides an outlet for different voices and the opportunity for indigenous researchers to re-write, re-think and re-interpret. Although most articles are written in the English language, each issue of AlterNative will include at least one article in another language, with an English translation or abstract …

As with much of our work, whether in the academic world or the world of indigenous development, we need to build capacity and think about the future. It is our intention that the journal will be a forum for new voices, for emerging scholars, and for those who have been dreaming of an indigenous writing space for years. We expect this journal to be multidisciplinary because most indigenous research spans or questions many of academia’s disciplinary boundaries. We believe indigenous scholars will welcome a journal that spans concepts of place, history, culture, colonisation, development and self-determination. We expect AlterNative to be revisionist, re-writing, re-thinking and re-interpreting many accepted wisdoms of Western academia. We expect to see work that is committed to expanding indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. We expect to find this challenging as we learn to have conversations across cultures, languages, disciplines and epistemologies. Perhaps it is impossible, but what a wonderful opportunity! 

- Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith Professor of Education, The University of Auckland; Joint Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, The National Institute of Research Excellence in Māori Development and Advancement, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Key Papers & Authors


New Coeditors of MAI Journal

NPM is pleased to announce the appointments of Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskin (Ngāti Hau) and Dr Vincent Olsen-Reeder (Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Arawa) as new coeditors of MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship.

Te Kawehau and Vincent replace outgoing co-editors Associate Professor Ocean Mercier and Professor Melinda Webber who have provided stellar leadership, enhancing the quality, reach and impact of the journal.

MAI Journal, a flagship NPM publication, is an open access journal that publishes multidisciplinary peer-reviewed articles that critically analyse and address Indigenous and Pacific issues in the context of Aotearoa. The journal has evolved from MAI Review and complements AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.

MAI Journal publishes two issues per year, is exclusively online, and welcomes submissions all year round!


Fulbright-Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga Graduate Award Open

Applications are now open for the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award! The award is for a promising Aotearoa graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of Indigenous development.

The award valued at up to US$40,000 (plus NZ$4,000 travel funding) is granted annually for up to one year of study or research in the US. Students undertaking multi-year Masters or PhD degrees have the opportunity to apply for additional funding of up to US$30,000 towards their second year of study.

All application requirements must be received by 1 August.

Apply Here

Preference for this award will be given to candidates who show promise in making further contributions in New Zealand in accordance with NPM’s vision and mission.

Preference for Fulbright graduate awards is given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright graduate award, or had extensive recent experience in the US (i.e., have not studied, taught, researched or worked in the US for a period aggregating more than nine months/one academic year during the past five years)

Previous Graduate Grantees:
Jenni Tupu (Ngāpuhi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Hine, Samoa), Erena Wikaire (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Hikutu, Te Kapotai), Carrie Clifford (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui), Rachael Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Te Puoho Katene (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Whātua), Maia Wikaira (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa)

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award Open

The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award is for a Māori academic, artist or professional to lecture and/or conduct research at a US institution in the field of Indigenous development. One award valued at up to US$37,500 is granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research.

Closing date: 1 October 2022

The award is available for study or research that fits within and contributes to one of NPM’s research priorities and themes. It is limited to individuals currently affiliated with an NPM formal partner. This award is not intended for the main purpose of studying for a U.S. degree, completing a doctoral dissertation, or attending conferences.

Funding (including travel) for grantees receiving full income from their home institution ranges from US$15,000 for 3 months up to US$27,000 for 5 months.

Funding (including travel) for grantees receiving no or partial income from their home institution ranges from US$21,000 for 3 months up to US$37,500 for 5 months.

These ranges start with base funding for the grantee and increase to amounts including additional funding for dependents.

Apply Here

Previous Scholar Grantees:
Pounamu Jade Aikman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Awa) Dr Rangi Matamua (Ngai Tūhoe), Haki Tauaupiki (Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa), Jason Mika (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu), Andrew Erueti (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngaruahinerangi), Robert Joseph (Tainui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu), Te Kīpa Kēpa Brian Morgan (Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa), Melinda Webber (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hau)


We’re pleased to announce that NPM is set to host its 10th Biennial International Indigenous Conference this year and we’re excited!

This year’s IIRC will once again be an entirely online gathering, given pandemic uncertainties. The virtual environment will enable us to reach out to national and international audiences, as well as local communities. We look forward to welcoming our Indigenous friends and whānau back to Aotearoa for IIRC 2024.

In the meantime, save the date for IIRC22.

Date: Monday 14th to Friday 18th November 2022
Theme:  Flourishing Māori Futures

The full event details will be made available over the coming weeks and months. Watch this space!
Mānuka Hēnare Book Launch,  Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Dame Mira Szászy Research Centre, NPM, and the Hēnare whānau, extend an open invitation to the blessing and launch of the new publication by the late Associate Professor, Mānuka Hēnare.

The book is based on Dr Manuka’s PhD thesis and presents a mana Māori history of the early–mid nineteenth century.  It is a history of ideas, some internal to Māori society, and others external to ‘Nu Tīreni’.  It reviews a sequence of events, from the beginning of the nineteenth century and culminating in the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. The focus is on the Māori response, which takes into account prior events as well as early–mid nineteenth-century Māori language texts containing a consistent set of ideas, aspirations, anxieties and intentions.

Please join us in the celebration and blessing of this taonga.

He Whenua Rangatira: A Mana Māori History of the Early-Mid Nineteenth Century,
by Mānuka Hēnare

Edited by Amber Nicholson, Billie Lythberg, and Anne Salmond 
Research in Anthropology and Linguistics e-series, The University of Auckland

Event Details

Date – Sunday 5th June, 2022
Time - 10.30 am – 12:30 pm,
Location - Tahuaroa, Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi

Click here to register

Complete the registration for each attending guest by 25 May 2022 as numbers are strictly limited.

Tū Mai Rongoā Māori Online Symposium

Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development are hosting an Online Symposium for anyone interested in rongoā Māori. The event will provide the opportunity for key collaborators in the advancement of Rongoā to share their understanding of Rongoā and their reasons for calling forth the mana and the mauri of Rongoā to resume its rightful place in the way Aotearoa cares for its people.

The programme features an outstanding lineup of presenters and speakers with an official welcome and opening from Ngā Pou o te Hui:

  • Tohe Ashby
  • Rereata Makiha
  • Marilyn Vreede
  • Lynda Toki

The symposium is being live-streamed on Wednesday the 29th of June 2022, and is free to attend.

Register Here

Learn more about the symposium here

Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series

NPM senior researchers were recently invited to take part in a major event organised by APRU – the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. APRU is an international network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia, and Australasia that brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on practical solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

NPM researchers this month presented at the APRU Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies Seminar Series (APISS) which aims to provide a forum for sharing works-in-progress and networking researchers committed to working with, by, and for Indigenous Peoples and communities from the Asia-Pacific region.  

APISS provides a unique opportunity for Indigenous scholars working in a broad range of academic fields and community contexts, and projects that highlight Indigenous-led methodologies, Indigenous language revitalization, place-based research, teaching, and learning, and related topics. 

Seminars started in April and will run bi-monthly through to mid-June. Recordings of the seminars already held have been hyperlinked in the titles below:  

  • Unsettling Indigeneity
    June 10 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (June 9 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)

  • Inclusive Education Practice
    June 24 from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (June 23 from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST)

For more seminar and speaker details go to their website:

Register here for the remaining seminars. 

Webinar Replay | Kia Puāwai Symposium

For those unable to attend last month’s virtual symposium Kia Puāwai – Māori Flourishing, a recording of the event is now available online. The symposium was held to celebrate the culmination of two and a half years research by the University of Canterbury’s Te Rū Rangahau team led by Professor Angus Macfarlane - and  included a fantastic line-up of guest speakers.  

The research programme supported by NPM examined baseline data and research on the support mechanisms and barriers for Māori flourishing in Aotearoa.

Watch the Webinar Recording

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