Kua raumati, kua kaha te rā

It has now become summer, and the sun has
acquired strength


            Co-Directors Update

            Kaupapa Matua: Māori Women's Rugby

            Ngā Pae back in the day 2012| 2013

            Rangahau: Kōrero with Associate Professor
            Te Taka Keegan

           Ngā Manaakitanga: Opportunities
            Puna Mātauranga: Publications

            Hui Events Conferences Workshops

           IIRC Up-date

            He Pitopito Kōrero: News & Announcements


With the promise of summer (and a holiday) now in sight, the team at NPM are ramping up to welcome our keynote speakers, presenters, and participants to IIRC22 on 15 November. The final programme for our fully virtual conference is on the NPM website. Registrations are still open. Don’t forget that we’ve also made the keynote sessions open access for those who aren’t registered –  you will still need to use the registration tool but just select the Free Keynote Only option.

Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi

As well as keeping abreast of IIRC22, our Pouhere Rangahau Dr Kiri Edge has also been busy matching tauira with projects for our New Horizons summer internships. The internship programme is a long-standing and very successful strategy for growing cohorts of Māori research leaders, working alongside experienced NPM researchers.
Given the financial challenges facing many tauira, we increased the value of the award to $7.5k this year and hope that other internship programmes across the sector will follow suit.
We also recently had the privilege of meeting and talking with the 11 recipients of our NPM Futures Programme PhD scholarship. We were blown away by the depth of their knowledge, experience, and commitment to rangahau that accelerates flourishing Māori futures. Being able to tautoko our incredible tauira is one of the most satisfying aspects of our job, and we look forward to many more opportunities to do so.
Finally, we wish the Black Ferns all the best for their remaining World Cup matches. What an incredible rōpū of wāhine. Karawhiua!
Ngā Pou Matarua | Co-Directors
  • Professor Tahu Kukutai
  • Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora


Whare across the motu have been tuning into the Rugby World Cup to support the Black Ferns as they cut a track to the finals. The superb athleticism and skill on display has been a huge drawcard, generating enthusiastic support for the players and their teams. The Ferns, which has a large contingent of Māori and Pasifika players, have had to overcome a number of challenges in the lead up to the Cup, including the fallout from their troubled 2021 European tour, which led to the appointment of new coaches. To better understand what it takes for our Māori and Pasifika athletes to flourish in high-pressure team sports, we talked with NPM researcher Dr Jeremy Hapeta who is Co-director of Te Koronga and Senior Lecturer in Māori Physical Education and Health at the University of Otago. Jeremy has been undertaking research on Māori and sport for many years and has also played and coached top level rugby.

“A lot of teams put a lot of emphasis on culture and getting that right. But it’s how they go about creating culture which can be problematic, because if it’s a colonial or western way of conceptualizing and creating culture, many Māori and Pacifika players may not flourish because they don’t come from that worldview,” he says.

“We like to be relational and so we place much more emphasis on whanaungatanga or relationship building, as that is key for Māori and Pacifika people on and off the field. It is what gives our people more of an on-field edge. Unfortunately, traditional coaching practices place more emphasis on some of those other elements of team culture than what we would perceive to be just as, if not more, important.”

“The colonial coaching style is very prescribed and transactional, especially in professional sport where it’s ‘we are paying you and it’s your obligation to go to the gym and do that workout.’ Whereas I think a lot of Māori and Pacifika players are more invested in transformational outcomes rather than superficial transactions. Coaches who come from a colonial worldview either don’t want, or know how, to change and adapt to suit the difference of cultures, he says. “They don’t think change is necessary because of their privilege and taken for granted ways of being and doing, they are not conscious of it.”

Jeremy says the recent appointment of a Māori director of culture and leadership to the Black Ferns’ team, Allan Bunting, has been a positive move. “That’s a new initiative. To have someone who oversees culture within a team is exciting and well overdue to be honest. If culture is so integral to a team, then you need these positions. When you have so many Māori and Pacific players in a team it is extremely important to re-define what culture is – whose definition are you using and what do you mean by it? For Māori, culture includes our taonga, like tikanga and te reo – that’s what culture is, it is bigger than us as players.”

Jeremy says increasing female athletes’ visibility via airtime is crucial to encouraging young players to become involved. “The whole ‘see her, be her’ movement shows the significance of being able to see those role models perform on the national and global stage. For example, from seeing the Farah Palmer Cup on TV to the Super Rugby Aupiki competition and now with the Women’s Rugby World cup, the pathway is more clearly defined.”

Jeremy believes Māori and Pacific women are attracted to the game because it is valued highly within their communities. “It’s a game that brings us mana, not just to the players, but also to their whānau and communities. It’s an opportunity for us, even though the playing field is not level, to celebrate our successes."

However, he says New Zealand Rugby’s provincial unions need to do more to support the women’s game. “I think women need to be heard and feel listened too. So, they need greater opportunities to voice their views in a way where their opinions are valued. While societal attitudes are changing, some practices aren’t, and the women’s game is not getting a fair share of the marketing or resources compared to their male counterparts."

“Generally, rugby needs to start putting nice words into meaningful actions. Sport NZ’s research into public interest in sports showed that 40% of sport followers watch men’s rugby, and the next most popular sport, is women’s rugby (29%). They are second equal with men’s cricket, men’s football, and men’s rugby league (all 29%).” 

“The women’s game is much sharper now it is such an exciting brand of rugby at all levels.” But locally, the game has more work to do if NZ Rugby aspires to remain competitive with other nations. The European nations resource it appropriately. Their players are full time professionals, you can see their standards have improved. Now there is lots of curiosity and interest in the game, and NZ Rugby must ensure environments are friendlier, welcoming, and dismantle barriers to sustained participation.”
HE HOKINGA MAHARA | Ngā Pae back in the day...

We delve into the archives of our NPM Annual Reports to reflect on our milestone moments from 'back in the day'.

Dr Shaun Ogilvie collaborated with The Hauraki Māori Trust Board, the local community, and the Cawthron Institute on research into TTX and its risk to communities eating shellfish.
2012 Annual Report Highlights

Seven research projects completed and 10 commenced including Dr Shaun Ogilvie’s ground-breaking study identifying tetrodotoxin (TTX) present in sea slugs and assessing the risk associated with gathering and eating kaimoana.

Hosted the 5th biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference with 400 attendees from around the world

Awarded 62 grants and awards to researchers and students 

MAI Journal: A NZ journal of Indigenous Scholarship launched

AlterNative moved to quarterly publication

Five research documentaries created and published via NPM online Media Centre

Co-hosted a national symposium with Te Arawa Research Hub on enhancing Māori distinctiveness, exploring the positive and unique contributions Māori communities make to NZ

2013 Annual Report Highlights

NPM conducted 26 research projects, including 12 new studies.

Co-hosted with Tauranga Moana Iwi symposium on Fostering Te Pā Harakeke

Established a new cross institution Academic Leadership Team 

Published over 60 articles, 7 books, 9 book chapters and many more reports and research papers

Grants and awards supported over 60 students and researchers

Third NPM Graduate attends Harvard University



Rangahau - Kōrero with Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan

Each month we feature a member of our NPM Kāhui Ārahi- Research Leadership Team in our e-pānui.  This month we talked with Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan who is the Associate Dean of Māori DHEC, Associate Professor, Department of Software Engineering at the University of Waikato. He is the Co-director of AI Institute Māori Artificial Intelligence Institute and leads NPM Pae Auaha.
Ko wai tō ingoa, nō whea koe?
Nō Waikato-Maniapoto, nō Ngāti Apakura ahau, he tātai whakapapa hoki nō Ngāti Porou, nō Ngāti Whakaue hoki. 
Kātahi anō māua kua hoki ki ō māua whenua, ki tētehi tirohanga Pirongia, kāore i tāwhiti ki ngā okiokinga o ō māua tūpuna.
Ko Te Taka Keegan tōku ingoa. 
Can you give us a little glimpse into a ‘day in the life’ of Te Taka?

After 40+ years of living in a city, in the last few months my wife and I have been able to return to the country. We brought some land not far from our marae and our urupā. So recently early mornings have begun with a quick walk in the country, to breathe the fresh clean air, kia mihia a Pirongia me te iwi tauwehe, and to smell the land and the cows. I grew up on a farm in Taranaki so I really love the smell of cows! Then after a quick breakfast I get to ride my Triumph Trident to the university, an adrenalin rush that again I have missed out on for around 40 years. My day is normally governed by emails and meetings. I mostly enjoy meetings because of the interactions and prefer kanohi ki te kanohi and rae ki te rae, but I appreciate as an academic, emails and writing are an important part of the role too. I really enjoy teaching too and the student engagement but have lately been bought out a lot to research contracts. It is generally a race to see how much I can get through before the day is over, but on the positive at the end of the day I get to ride the Trident again on the way home. I am not sure if there is anyone who enjoys commuting as much as I do!

What excites you about leading out Pou Pae Auaha?

It is exciting getting insights from the various people on the team of Ngā Pae; some very clever people bringing an eclectic range of perspectives in a determined manner to bring positive change to Māori through research. The Pou Pae Auaha is in its early stages which in itself brings lots of opportunities to lead it into areas that we think can be most beneficial. Technology is so prevalent and so pervasive that it is easy to miss how influential it can be to our tikanga and the shaping of our thinking. We need to be steering technology in a Māori way that supports Māori outcomes and mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori... and if we can do that, ka mau te wehi!

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

I think for anything to flourish it needs a fertile base, appropriate nourishment and some light to know where to head. This is what I think NPM provides. Me te whakaaro anō he tirohanga ki ngā uri whakatupu.

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

I have a lot of affinity for the Tīraiwaka. It was a manu that was close to Tāwhiao, we have a couple proudly carved in our wharenui at Pūrekireki, and a couple of them have been greeting us in our new whare and especially in my external workshop. I enjoy the way they chatter, the way they move and their companionship. I tua atu, there are a couple of introduced pests that at sunrise and sunset are starting to lay the wero; there are some rabbits down the road a bit, and a couple of cheeky as magpies that think they own the place. It's at these times that I would like to be like the Kōtare, and just watch and bide my time, because sooner or later I will be seeing them through the crosshairs of my crossbow... and we'll see who is the cheeky one then!


Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra!

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is on the lookout for a dynamic and energetic person to join our awesome NPM secretariat team as Pouhere Whakaaweawe | Knowledge and Impact Manager.
Under the leadership of Pou Matarua Co-Directors Professors Linda Waimarie Nikora and Tahu Kukutai and working with senior Māori research leaders, you will provide expertise and leadership to drive the (NPM) Whakaaweawe - Impact strategy.

You will be a clear communicator and effectively and actively manage impact and outreach initiatives. You will understand research to impact pathways, be confident making new relationships with people and entities across the research and policy sectors, be at home in Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori spaces, and excel as part of a kaupapa Māori team. Your excellent written and communication skills will be vital to bringing together and coordinating diverse perspectives from research communities and users, team members and stakeholders.

We are excited about this opportunity…and they don’t come around too often! Get your CV ready and apply before the 12th November 2022.
This is a full-time (37.5 hours), 2.5-year fixed term position. The salary range for this role is between $76,200 – 94,100 based on experience and qualifications. For more detailed information on the responsibilities of this role, please refer to the position description.


Media Training Workshops for Māori Researchers

This joint NPM-Science Media Centre initiative provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to get comfortable communicating with the media. This is a chance for professional development and it is helpful for researchers wanting their research to reach the general public. Researchers will have opportunities to meet and interact with the media and will upskill their practical and strategic communication skills. Entry is by selection. Media SAVVY workshops are two-day, fees-free training by the Science Media Centre:
When: 16-17 March 2023
Where: Waipapa Marae, Tāmaki Makaurau.
Apply here:



The next issue of MAI Journal will be published within the next few days. Papers appearing are:

Bridgette Masters-Awatere, Patricia Young, Rebekah Graham
State agencies and researchers engaging with Indigenous communities on climate change adaptation planning: A systematic review
Erana Hond-Flavell, Aroaro Tamati, Gareth J. Treharne, Reremoana Theodored, Jesse Kokauae, Will Edwards, Ruakere Hond, Richie Poulton, Mihi Ratima
Facilitators of, and barriers to, whānau engagement in kaupapa Māori early years provision: A retrospective survey at a Taranaki-based centre
Kiri Dell, Te Mihinga Komene, Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Pikihuia Pomare, Bridgette Masters-Awatere
Te ara o te moa: Patua te ngāngara e kai ana i ngā rākau taketake o Aotearoa
Waereti Tait-Wall (Deceased), Tess Kora, Shaun Awatere, Matua Rereata Makiha, Lara Taylor
21st century papakāinga: A blueprint for resilience
Nathan Hoturoa Gray, Ariana E. Athy, Taciano L. Milfont
Climate crisis as a catalyst to advance Indigenous rights
Shonelle Wana

Moko wahine: A framework for guiding and nurturing Māori women leaders
Paia Taani
Whakapapa: Our ways of knowing, being and doing
Nikki M. Barrett, Lisette Burrows, Polly Atatoa-Carr, Linda T. Smith
Hapū wānanga: A Kaupapa Māori childbirth education class for Māori and non-Māori māmā hapū and whānau
Ririwai Fox, Gloria Fraser, Tia Neha, Paul E. Jose
Tuia i roto: A qualitative exploration of Māori cultural embeddedness
Angelique Reweti
Developing a kaupapa whānau framework to explore social, cultural and health benefits of a whānau-inspired initiative
Jan Dewar

Journey towards understanding: The place of whakapapa as a Māori academic
Morgan Tupaea, Jade Le Grice, Fern Smith
Invisibilised colonial norms and the occlusion of mātauranga Māori in the care and protection of tamaiti atawhai
Te Reo Irirangi o Te Hiku o Te Ika
He reo tuku iho, he reo ora: Living language transmitted intergenerationally


Ngā manuhiri tūārangi – Montana State University and Piikani Lodge Health Institute visit

On Tuesday, 24 October, NPM and Te Wānanga o Waipapa hosted ngā manuhiri tūārangi Kristin Ruppel, Department of Native American Studies, Montana State University, and Coy Harwood (Blackfeet/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), Acting Director, Piikani Lodge Health Institute.
Visiting Tāmaki Makaurau for the U.S. & Oceania Summit: Internationalization Across the Pacific in 2023 and beyond Kristin (Indigenous research methodologies, land tenure and food systems) and Coy (Hunter, Health and Wellness Advocate) were also interested to connect with Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Food Security and Health experts during their visit. After a modified kai hākari at the quad, our manuhiri spent a few moments of reflection in Tāne-nui-ā-Rangi before leaving campus. Online connections were made with Kiri Dell (Business School, Management and International Business) who also has research interests in Māori plant and food technologies and other Indigenous issues.


The following link will give you access to registration.
Register now for the 10th International Indigenous Research Conference 2022 Online.

IIRC Collabs

Our 10th IIRC has a new twist with the addition of bespoke Collabs to the programme. The Collabs provide an opportunity for like-minded researchers to build Indigenous communities of practice to tackle critical issues. Facilitated by senior NPM researchers, the Collabs are limited to 10-12 participants who are invited to share ideas, set goals, and lead out on Collab activities post IIRC2022. Expressions of interest for Collabs have now closed but we’ll provide some highlights in our next e-pānui.

Empowering Indigenous Adaptation For a Changing Climate
Leaders: Dr Shaun Awatere and team

Indigenous Youth Mental Health
Leaders: Professor Papaarangi Reid and Associate Professor Mohi Rua

Indigenous Knowledge Regeneration and Technology
Leaders: Associate Professors Karyn Paringatai and Te Taka Keegan

Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Leaders: Professor Tahu Kukutai and Associate Professor Donna Cormack 


2022 Te Whatu Kairangi Awards
Congratulations to these winners who have been recognised for their outstanding dedication, innovation, and excellence in teaching within the tertiary education and training sector:

Kaupapa Māori Awardees:

Rachel Dibble, Senior Lecturer, Social Services, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago | Te Pūkenga
Jamie Smiler, Senior Academic in Tourism, Te Whare Wānanga o te Awakairangi | Te Pūkenga

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