Kua tau te waewae o Ruhi kai whenua
The foot of Rūhī (summer star) now rests upon the earth, indicating the end of summer. 
  • Co-Directors Update: NPM 20 Year Anniversary
  • New report finds huge support for te reo Māori and tikanga in the legal studies curriculum
  • NPM Raumati Internship testimonials
  • Climate change flooding put coastal marae at risk - NPM-Spinoff series
  • NPM Matakitenga Research Grant RFP
  • Wānanga Paetukutuku 
  • 2022 Fulbright-NPM scholar heads to Massachusetts
  • HRC-NPM Scholarship


E rere arorangi nei te tai o mihi ki te hunga pōkai rangahau Māori
Kawea tonutia e tātou te whakareretanga a ngā kauwheke,
Whakakitea te taiao marutuna mā te tiro a Māori ki tōna ake ao
Ānana, kua tau te waewae o Ruhi kai whenua
Karangahia tātou e te tau e rua ngāhuru mā rua, hei tau whakahei kōingo
Tohungia hoki e rua ngahuru tau kua tāwhaitia
Te akaaka rangahau kairangatira e Ngā Pae o te Mārmamatanga
Kei ngā matakaikutu o te rangahau Māori – tukua kia angitū
Welcome to our first e-pānui of 2022! The year started with a bang, with former NPM Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Māori and the law. Ngā mihi nui Jacinta!

We were also thrilled to see phenomenal wāhine Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (winner, public policy), Aroha Te Pareake Mead (highly commended, environment), Qiane Matata-Sipu (winner, arts & culture) and Professor Beverley Lawton (winner, innovation, science & health) be recognised for their leadership and impact in the recent Westpac Women of Influence awards.

The NPM secretariat has been back in full swing for some time, with everyone settling back into the rhythm of working from home amidst rising Omicrom cases. To enable smoother planning and reduce risk to staff and our wider NPM whānau, all of our hui and events will be virtual for the foreseeable future - including our flagship biennial International Indigenous Research Conference in November. We will provide rolling updates on IIRC22 throughout the year, including announcements of keynote speakers and panels.

Just before the break we were able to meet virtually with Te Tira Takimano which is NPM’s Electoral College comprising 21 partners from around the motu. TTT is a diverse group of research-focused institutions which includes Independent Research Organisations, museums, polytechnics, Crown Research Institutes and Aotearoa’s sole tribal college, alongside our eight universities. TTT upholds the voice of NPM’s researchers and keeps us connected to our communities, while also ensuring that our Board has the right mix of skills and experience to help us achieve our vision of flourishing Māori futures.

We welcome our newly elected co-chairs Rawiri Tinirau (Te Atawhai o te Ao) and David Tipene-Leach (Eastern Institute of Technology) and look forward to working with them in 2022 and beyond.

Finally, NPM turns 20 this year. Yes, for two decades we have been Aotearoa’s only Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence. So, we will be celebrating our stories of success and joy (because we are joyful to still be here!) with some retrospective features in our e-pānui. 

It is also timely to acknowledge the enduring commitments of the many who have come before us, and their efforts to give voice to collective Māori aspirations for flourishing futures. Many within our network put their hands up and feet forward to protest for Māori rights and recognition when to do so often meant putting themselves and their whānau at risk. Their decades of protest occurred at a time when te reo Māori was actively suppressed and Pākehā largely opposed any measure to recognise and support Māori language, culture, and identity. 

We are proud of the contributions made by many of our NPM whānau over the decades including inaugural Co-Directors Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Michael Walker, ruānuku Ngahuia Te Awekōtuku, and kairangahau Teorongonui
Josie Keelan and Morehu McDonald who were among the founding members of Ngā Tamatoa. This year marks 50 years since Ngā Tamatoa and tens of thousands signed and presented the Māori language petition to Parliament, which set in motion the beginning of te reo Māori revitalisation. As we now know, these courageous acts and vision would ultimately benefit all of Aotearoa. And they were done with humility, with mana, and the collective good of the people at the centre. "We changed the world in a good way” - Te Ao Māori News

In coming issues we will continue to reflect on our NPM past, present and future. In the meantime enjoy this 80s anthem from Kool and the Gang.

Kia noho haumaru.


Ngā Pou Matarua | Co-Directors
  • Professor Tahu Kukutai
  • Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora


New report finds huge support for te reo Māori and tikanga in the legal studies curriculum
A nationwide survey has found overwhelming support for te reo Māori and tikanga in the legal studies curriculum.

The survey was part of a multiphase research project, Inspiring National Indigenous Legal Education for Aotearoa New Zealand’s Bachelor of Laws Degree, funded by the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation. The list of report co-authors is a powerhouse of Māori legal scholars, led by former Otago University Law Professor Jacinta Ruru. 

Jacinta said that while the team were prepared for some concerns to be raised by the general legal profession, the responses were very encouraging, particularly given the team’s vision to move law schools towards becoming bijural, bicultural and bilingual. (Read 2020 Spinoff article)

The survey included a diverse range of participants including practicing lawyers, government agencies, law academics, students, and iwi. Most of the 201 respondents thought that having more knowledge about te reo Māori (94 per cent), Māori law (89 per cent) and tikanga Māori (94 per cent) would be helpful for their work.


Many acknowledged teaching te reo, tikanga and Māori law would better equip law students to practice law in Aotearoa and make the legal system more responsive and just.

Download the report here>
Testimonials from our raumati (summer) interns
Another successful round of the Ngā Pae Raumati (Summer) Internship programme has come to an end. While most of us were taking a break from our keyboards, a dedicated group of interns worked through the holidays, tackling a range of research projects awarded under the 2021-22 New Horizons Raumati Internship grants programme (NHRI)

As well as having the opportunity to work alongside senior NPM researchers, the interns attended a fortnightly online workshop facilitated by NPM Senior Research Fellow Dr Teorongonui Josie Keelan.

The forums created a space for interns to network with other emerging researchers, share their research, and test ideas. Expert advice was also on hand from previous grant recipients and NPM Pou Rautaki Professor Meegan Hall led a very useful session on report writing.

Each year the calibre of applicants is high and this year was no exception. We spoke to a few of our interns to find out what the internship has meant to them.

Maioha Watson
Iwi: Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Mahuta ki te Hauāuru, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Kahungunu 

Project Title: Tūrou Hawaiki: Morning karakia and waiata as a culturally responsive pedagogy 
Supervisor: Dr Matiu Ratima, Dr Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke and Dr Susannah Stevens 
“My culture means everything to me. My reo, my ahurea, my people. This kaupapa has given me the opportunity to research my passion. It's a taster to te ao rangahau Māori. It has opened my eyes to research that values what I love. I have gained many new perspectives, learnings, and goals. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable researchers of te ao Māori.”
Crystal Kire 
Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue
Project Title: Whakapapa: Whānau Narratives
Supervisor: Morgan Tupaea 
 “The grant allowed me to cut back on my full-time workload and focus on developing my research skills. I have been anxious around completing my Masters research with all the additional demands and the impact COVID-19 has had on my life. Being on this internship has definitely increased my confidence and skillset to produce work that my whānau and I will be proud of.”  
Hineana Tihore 
Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi
Project Title: Separatism, or sovereignty? Exploring social media and news media narratives of Māori tino-rangatiratanga in politics and health
Supervisor: Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

“I felt very privileged to be accepted as an NPM summer intern and appreciated the opportunity to work alongside such amazing scholars on a very significant kaupapa that is so close to my heart. The internship has allowed me to practice and develop my skills as an aspiring researcher. The scholarship component of the programme has meant that I have been financially supported while pursuing my dream.”

Waikauri Greensill 
Iwi: Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tara Tokanui, Ngāti Porou 
Project Title: He Tohu Maumahara ki a Paora Mato 
Supervisors: Dr Te Taka Keegan, Dr Kim Pickering 
“I am doing the named internship "He Tohu Maumahara ki a Paora Mato", making a 3D printed tekoteko using bio-based harakeke filament. This grant has enabled me to explore the links between tikanga, toi Māori and science to create a taonga that merges te ao tawhito and te ao hou. The monthly zoom sessions have been really useful in getting me to think outside the box in terms of report writing and presentations. It's been awesome being able to see what all the other projects are and how they're going as well.”

Melissa Bradley
Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi             
Project Title: Separatism, or sovereignty? Exploring social media and news media narratives of Maaori tino-rangatiratanga in politics and health 
Supervisor: Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki 
“The Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga summer internship project has really helped me delve deeper into the rangahau space, sharpen my research analytical skills, and gain confidence in writing a co-authored paper for publication. As a 3rd year tauira at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa  (He Korowai Ākonga - teacher education degree programme) this experience has certainly given me the confidence to continue with my personal rangahau of practical teaching implications that enhance tino rangatiratanga in the classroom.”  

Climate change weather events puts coastal marae at risk - NPM-Spinoff series
In our latest NPM-Spinoff series, Hinemaurea Marae Chairman Hakaraia (Zak) Horomia gave his own insights into some of the sobering findings from the NPM-Manaaki Whenua research report He huringa āhuarangi, he huringa ao: A changing climate, a changing world.

Zak shared decades of observations about how changing weather patterns in his hometown of Uawa (Tolaga Bay) was impacting the local environment and wider East Coast district.
“Back then, there were no issues with forestry slash, or with flooding, or rubbish. You could swim in the river safely, you could go fishing and eeling without getting snagged on anything. We used to have lush paddocks, everything was green. Then the droughts started.” - Zak Horomia

The increase of severe weather events meant the marae community has had to take desperate measures to protect Hinemaurea from being wiped out by flooding.

Read the full story here >


Matakitenga Research Grant RFP 2022

Opens: Friday 28 January 3.30pm 
Closes: Thursday 31 March 5.00pm

NPM is inviting applications for funding to our contestable Matakitenga Research Fund. The fund supports impactful research that will contribute to our vision of building the foundations for flourishing Māori futures.
If you are a Māori researcher employed at any NPM partner entity, you are eligible to apply. We hope to fund a mix of seed and scope projects as well as full projects from a total funding pool of $600K (NZD).  
Apply Here >
More information is available on our website. 
Thank you to the many who attended the recent Q&A webinar hosted by the NPM Pou Matarua Co-Directors. It was really encouraging to see the high level of interest from across our networks. All inquiries to:



NPM Wānanga Paetukutuku | NPM Webinar Series

As we head into our 20th year, NPM continues to extend our range of activities and find new ways to connect and share our research. Foremost in all of our thinking is growing and nurturing excellent Māori researchers and Māori-led research that drives towards flourishing Māori futures.

Next month NPM will start hosting Wānanga Paetukutuku - a quarterly webinar series and a mechanism for sharing high quality research and evidence for interventions and policy.

For the first wānanga we invite some of NPM’s senior research leaders to take a long term view over the pae (horizon), and discuss what needs to be done to realise the vision of flourishing Māori futures.

  • Prof Papaarangi Reid - Pou Pae Ora
  • Prof Helen Moewaka Barnes - Pou Patai Puāwai 
  • Dr Shaun Awatere - Pou Patai Mauri
  • Prof Jenny Lee Morgan - Pou Pae Ahurei 

Webinar: Wānanga Paetukutuku 
Date: Wednesday 23 March 
Time:  1-2pm 

Register online here>


2022 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award Winner
Dr Will Flavell, the 2022 recipient of the Fulbright-NPM Scholar award, is heading to Massachusetts to study how language, culture, and identity feature in the schooling experiences of Native American Youth. Will, who proudly hails from Te Atatū South, will be based at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and Amherst. Will is currently Kaihautū Māori at Te Hononga Akoranga COMET and is a board member on the Henderson-Massey Local Board. 

Will says he was inspired to apply for the Fulbright-NPM Scholar award because he wanted to better understand some of the critical issues regarding the schooling experiences of Native American Youth.

“I am looking forward to strengthening networking opportunities for rangatahi Māori to interact with Native American Youth with possible future exchanges.
Fulbright New Zealand Executive Director, Penelope Borland, said she was not only pleased that Will would be building relationships with Indigenous communities in the U.S., but also that his research experience would support his ongoing research into te reo Māori back home in Aotearoa.

The annual Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award is valued at up to US$37,500 for three to five months of teaching and/or research at US institutions.
NPM-HRC Scholarship Recipient
Supporting kaumātua with mate wareware (dementia/Alzheimer’s disease) to live dignified, meaningful lives is something that motivates Occupational Therapist Tori Benseman of Ngāti Maniapoto.

Tori is the winner of the NPM-Health Research Council scholarship awarded through University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research (CBR). 

CBR Deputy Director Māori, Dr Makarena Dudley (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu) says Tori’s passion for working with kaumātua, particularly in the area of mate wareware, impressed the judging panel. 

Tori has a passion for working with older people in the context of hauora Māori.

“The opportunity to study
mate wareware resonates with me and my future aspirations as an Occupational Therapist.  I have a natural proclivity towards aged care. While I was studying Occupational Therapy, I worked part-time as a caregiver in a local rest home. It was this setting that ignited my interest and passion for providing a positive, respectful, and nurturing environment for the elderly residents. I thrived on making connections with people, with a view to enhancing the quality of their lives. Mate wareware is something that I would love to understand more about from a Māori perspective. I am motivated by the “by Māori, for Māori" philosophy and this draws me to the Māori health sector where I believe I could make a positive difference”.
Noho ora mai rā,

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