Kua hauhake te kai
The crops are now harvested
  • Co-Directors Update: Te Pūtahitanga Submission to Future Pathways Green Paper
  • He Maimai Aroha: Dame Temurunga June Batley Jackson
  • Kaupapa Matua: International Decade of Indigenous Languages
  • Whakanuia Ngā Kaupapa Māori, kia tika!
  • He Hokinga Mahara | NPM - Back in the day
  • Kōrero with our NPM Kāhui Ārahi
  • Inaugural Borrin-NPM Scholarship Winners 
  • Raumati Internship Competition Winners 
  • Royal Society Te Apārangi new Fellows
  • Free Digital Resource for Kaiako in the Tertiary Sector
  • Māori Post Doctoral Opportunity with Caltech
  • Kia Puawai-Māori Flourishing Symposium
  • New NPM Members
  • The Spinoff revisits the Tairāwhiti


The last month has been an exciting period of renewal for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga with the addition of two wonderful wāhine to our team.

Dr Kiri Edge has been appointed to the newly created role of Pouhere Rangahau (Research Leader), and Professor Melinda Webber is the incoming Chair of our Komiti Rangahau (Research Committee). Melinda takes over from Professor Huia Jahnke who served 6 years as Chair. We feel very fortunate to have Melinda and Kiri join NPM - you can read more about them later in this e-pānui.

Key members of our NPM senior leadership team have been busy, working with Māori scientists and researchers from across the RSI system to produce a collective submission to Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper. Te Ara Paerangi is a multi-year programme focused on the future of Aotearoa’s research system and has been described as the country’s biggest RSI reform in 30 years. The submission outlines the potential for a reformed Tiriti-based RSI system to drive better outcomes for both Te Ao Māori and for Aotearoa. It makes a number of important recommendations including:

  • A co-governed national taskforce to direct the RSI reform agenda;
  • co-governance of key entities within the RSI sector including MBIE Science Board;

  • ringfenced funding for an independent Māori RSI entity and appointment of a transitional national Māori body to oversee its establishment;

  • Tiriti criteria for RSI funding and Tiriti outcomes for all publicly-funded RSI;

  • place-based RSI hubs to identify Māori RSI priorities within each rohe, connect research to local decision-making, champion mātauranga-driven innovation, and protect Māori intellectual and cultural property

The submission builds on previous work supported by NPM including Te Pūtahitanga report on a Tiriti-led science-policy approach and A Guide to Vision Mātauranga. A separate submission on the Green Paper was also made by Rauika Māngai, representing Māori leaders across the 11 National Science Challenges. 

The excellence and impact of Māori researchers gained further recognition this month with the appointment of four Māori scholars as Ahurei (Fellows) to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Our congratulations to NPM Board member Amokura Kawharu, NPM-funded researchers Professor Angela Wanhalla and AProf Sonja Macfarlane, and NPM Pou Matarua Professor Tahu Kukutai. 

We also congratulate Dr Sarah-Jane Paine who was recently announced as the new Research Director of Growing up in New Zealand, Aotearoa’s largest longitudinal study of child development and wellbeing. The study has been following the lives of more than 6,000 tamariki over the past 12 years, with nearly half of the cohort identifying as Māori and/or Pacific. Sarah-Jane brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to her new role, having previously worked at Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre and Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. 

Finally, our NPM secretariat continues to work virtually as Omicrom impacts our whānau, communities, and workplaces. We were proud to support our colleagues from Te Roopu Whakakaupapa Urutā and the WERO Hauora Immunisation Alliance to host a series of bespoke Omicrom webinars for whānau, marae/iwi/hapū, kura and Māori providers. The sessions provided information and practical advice from Māori medical practitioners and community leaders who were able to share their experiences from a Māori perspective.

We are always grateful for the commitment, care, and expertise that they have so generously shared with us all throughout the pandemic.

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


The recent passing of Kahurangi Dame Temurunga June Batley Jackson will be mourned across the motu (country), but especially among the many Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) communities that she served.

Dame June (Ngāti Maniapoto) was a forceful champion for change and tireless advocate for the uplift of urban Māori communities. With husband Bob and others, she established the Manukau Urban Māori Authority in 1986 which became a beacon for advancing the economic, social and community wellbeing of Māori in South Auckland.

Dame June also led the urban Māori authorities challenge of the Māori Fisheries Settlement allocation model, attending Privy Council hearings in London.

Dame June was the longest-serving member of the New Zealand Parole Board and an influential advocate for rehabilitative justice.

She is survived by her daughter Rowanne, sons Vaughan and Willie, who is Minister of Māori Development, and her many mokopuna.

E te amokura māreikura, moe mai rā.


Nothing for us without us” 
Indigenous language advocates met in Mexico recently to endorse the Los Pinos Declaration designed to inspire a global plan of action for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032). The United Nations General Assembly initiated IDIL to draw global attention to the critical situation of many indigenous languages and to mobilise action and resources. The Declaration's slogan ‘nothing about us without us’ captures the focus on Indigenous-led language revitalisation. 

Few know more about that kaupapa than NPM Board member Professor Rawinia Higgins. Rawinia was elected to serve on the UNESCO-supported Global Task Force which is working on the IDIL action plan. In addition to her role as Chair of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission), Rawinia was part of the NPM-funded research team that developed the ‘right-shifting’ ZePA research tool, which helps speakers shift from zero to passive to active Māori language use. 
The online platform of IDIL 2022-2032 aims to build a global community for Indigenous languages and facilitate information-sharing on activities and events around the world.

It will also promote relevant resources and tools, report and monitor progress made, and create new opportunities for exchange and dialogue among a wide network of stakeholders.

Professor Rawinia Higgins, Aotearoa NZ Global Taskforce Representative for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (Photo: Kevin Stent/Stuff)
Te Reo Māori Petition - 50 years on (1972-2022)
While the fight for Indigenous language revitalisation continues in many parts of the world, Aotearoa owes a great debt to the visionary efforts of Māori students who, 50 years ago, presented the Māori Language Petition on the steps of Parliament. 

Te reo Māori exponent and former NPM staff member Dr Joseph (Joe) Te Rito (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu) was one of them and remembers the moment well.

In 1971 Joe had joined the Te Reo Māori Society established by students at Victoria University of Wellington to promote and revitalise the Māori language. He was part of the core group who were all undergraduates at the time and included Rangi Nicholson, Rāwiri Rangitauira, Cathy Dewes, Whaimutu Dewes, Robert Pouwhare, Lee Smith, Pia Tamahōri and Tom Roa. One year later, on 14 September 1972, the Society and members of Ngā Tamatoa accelerated the kaupapa, presenting a 30,000-signature petition to Parliament seeking to have te reo Māori taught in schools.

It was a significant turning point, and in sharp contrast to the petition considered by Parliament a century earlier seeking to ban the use of Māori in schools. The petition led to the instigation of Māori Language Day celebrated every September 14th. This was later extended to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori encouraging Aotearoa New Zealand to “kōrero Māori”for the week.

Dr Joseph Te Rito (Photo: NZME)

However it wasn’t until 15 years later that te reo Māori was made an official language under the Maori Language Act 1987. 

In a 2008 MAI review article Struggles for the Māori language: He whawhai mo te reo Māori  Joe wrote a powerful account of the 1972 Petition and how “the event represents a major turning point in the struggle to save the Māori language from extinction”.

He also wrote about the significance of Dr Richard Benton’s research undertaken in rural Māori communities in the 1970s, and how it revealed the perilous state of te reo Māori: 

The essence of Benton’s findings was that very few young people spoke the language and that it was mainly the older folk generally from the rural areas, who spoke it. The results of this survey were a catalyst for change, as for the first time, statistical data had been collected on the state of the Māori language. 
Te Reo Māori Society and Ngā Tamatoa members presenting the Te Reo Māori Petition on the steps of Parliament on 14 September 1972. At front from left to right: Pia Tamahōri, Hana Jackson (head turned), Te Ōuenuku Rēne, Whaimutu Dewes, Lynette Hawkins, Tom Roa partly obscured and Joseph Te Rito (Photo: Te Reo Māori Society)
Hana Jackson (nee Te Hēmara) of Ngā Tamatoa placing the Petition down on the steps of Parliament supported by Te Reo Māori Society members (from left) Alice Coromandel, Mere Te Awa and Terri McIntyre (Photo: Te Reo Māori Society)
We caught up with Joe recently and asked him to share his reflections on te reo Māori, 50 years on from the Petition. An excerpt of his kōrero is showed below with the full interview accessed through the link: Read Joe’s full interview
"Ka tae nei au ki tēnei tau, 2022, ki te tau rima tekau mai i te mautanga o te Petihana Reo Māori ki te aroaro o Te Whare Pāremata, ka pēnei au i roto i a au anō, kāhore rawa au i matakite atu ka pēnei rawa te pānga nui whakaharahara o ā mātau mahi, arā, ā Te Reo Māori Society, ki te takatakahi huarahi me te pātōtō tatau i te taone nui o Te Whanganui-ā-Tara me Porirua. Me taku rekareka anō, ināianei, i tutuki rawa atu taku moemoeā kia tū au hei kaiwhakaako reo Māori.

I ēnei tau rima tekau, nōku te maringanui kia whai oranga ai au i te autaia reo Māori nei. Koia tonu nei te kaupapa i whakapaua ai e au te nuinga o aku kaha – arā, mō ngā mahi whakarauora, mahi whakaako i te reo Māori nei.
Engari, kore rawa nei au i paku matakite ake, ka pēnei rawa te hokihoki mai o te reo – arā, kia rangona rawatia, kia kitea rawatia rānei e au te reo Māori e whakamahia ana i runga i ngā waka rererangi, ngā pahi me ngā tereina; i runga i ngā reo irirangi auraki me te pouaka whakaata auraki ia rā, ia rā, arā kaua ki runga ki ngā reo irirangi Māori e 21 anake.

Kua kaha rawa atu te kōrerotanga anō o te reo Māori i tēnei te tau rima tekau mai o te mautanga ake o Te Petihana Reo Māori ki te Whare Pāremata."

Dr Joseph Te Rito, mema o Te Reo Māori Society mai i te tau 1971 


In addition to the Māori Language Petition, several other trailblazing kaupapa are celebrating major milestones this year. All were born from a vision of flourishing Māori futures and a relentless commitment to advancing our collective wellbeing, culture, and identity. 

50 Years Te Matatini: Originally named ‘The New Zealand Polynesian Festival’, the original concept for Te Matatini was developed in the early 60s as a celebration of Maori and Pacific song and dance. The inaugural committee was established in 1971, chaired by the indomitable Sir Kingi Ihaka, and the first festival took place a year later in Rotorua. 17 Kapa Haka groups from the eight Māori council districts competed, with Waihere of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki taking home the honours. Says Te Matini Chief Executive, Carl Ross: “The main purpose was to bring our Polynesian peoples together and for Maori to assist in the revitalisation of our te reo and ensure the excellence in our performing arts”. Matatini has since grown into one of the largest cultural festivals in the world and is arguably the most anticipated and fiercely contested event on the Māori calendar. NPM is proud to have partnered with Te Matatini Society for a ‘The Value of Kapa Haka’ study due to be published in June. 

40 Years Te Karere: Aotearoa’s first Māori language news and current affairs show Te Karere celebrates 40 years of surviving and thriving in the sometimes brutal world of mainstream television. The first show was aired during Māori language week and ran for just four minutes. The pioneering broadcasters who graced our screens every weeknight included Derek Fox, Whai Ngata, Tini Molyneux and Hinerangi Luckman. Derek says "What Te Karere really did and set out to do was to get more Māori language on the air and to get more Māori faces on air.”

20 Years Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: In the early 2000s a group of Māori academics came together out of concern for the way mātauranga Māori was largely hidden in back rooms and niche projects – often cast off as a pseudoscience. They were concerned that Māori scholars were largely isolated within the world of academia. Isolated within disciplines. Isolated within research projects. Isolated within institutions. They wanted to create a collective vision and strategy for the future of Māori research guided by mātauranga. Out of that vision, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga was born in 2002. An academic conglomerate of 21 research partners, NPM is a communal home for research that is led and conducted by Māori, for Māori. After 20 years, the impact of the work by its researchers reverberates across Aotearoa and the world.

We salute all of the changemakers who came before us, and those who are yet to come. 

HE HOKINGA MAHARA | NPM - Back in the Day
To commemorate our 20th anniversary we are returning to our roots and going through our archives of Annual Reports to remind ourselves of where we began, and what it took to get here.  This month we carry highlights from the inaugural NPM Annual Report (2002-2003) and the one that followed (2003-2004). 
NPM Founding Co-Director Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (centre) with Board Members Tom Barnes, Ms Brenda Tahi, Professor Michael Brown

  • NPM set a target of 500 Māori PhDs completed or in progress in five years.
  • The MAI programme was to be “the primary means by which we intend to achieve this goal”.
  • The impetus for MAI came from the many Māori students who “found the institutional environment could not accommodate their study aspirations”.  Bringing together cohorts of Māori students who wished to undertake doctoral study at different sites would help to “break down the isolation experienced by the students within both their own departments and their institutions”.
Conference Delegates at the 2004 inaugural NPM International Indigenous Research Conference, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

  • NPM convened its inaugural International Indigenous Research Conference on the subject of traditional knowledge and research ethics. Tikanga Rangahau, Tikanga Tuku Iho was held at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Pōneke.
  • The conference identified a range of issues of relevance for Māori and Indigenous communities in the 21st century including: Indigenous systems of knowledge, contemporary forms of art and representation, biotechnology, international agreements, and issues of protection and conservation.  
  • It was hoped that the conference  “... may go some way to setting new standards for research with Indigenous Communities not only here in Aotearoa New Zealand but throughout the world”.


Kōrero with our NPM Kāhui Ārahi - Research Leadership Team
Over the coming months we'll introduce the Kāhui Ārahi (Senior Leadership Team) driving NPM’s research programme and learn about what makes them tick. Our KA hold senior research positions across many of NPM’s member universities and research institutions, as well as service and leadership roles in their communities.

This month we talked with Associate Professor Meegan Hall of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington who is leading the NPM Pou Rautaki Kounga / Professional Excellence Research Strategy.
Kia ora e hoa! Ko wai tō ingoa, nō whea koe?
Ko Meegan Hall tōku ingoa, nō Ngāti Ranginui. My ‘Hall’ name actually comes from my Grandfather’s Ngāti Tūwharetoa whānau but my Dad was born and raised amongst my Grandmother’s Pirirākau hapū in Te Puna, Tauranga so that’s where I consider to be home.
Can you give us a little glimpse into a ‘day in the life’ of Meegan?
My PhD is in Māori studies but before that I did a law degree and a BA in history. While I was studying I had lots of different jobs at the University, and that’s continued over the last 30 or so years. Right now, I’m the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Mātauranga Māori). I’m always quick to say that I don’t proclaim to know all things mātauranga Māori. Really, my job is about advising and supporting the rest of the University to catch up with what we at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga already know – that there is so much to learn from and explore in te ao Māori. With such a broad brief, my job is never boring. On any given day I could be assessing new course proposals to check how they’re including Māori material and ideas, advocating for Māori students and staff on committees and in other fora, or writing policies and strategies that acknowledge and value Māori knowledge and people. Right now, I’m leading a self-review for the University to find out how well we are living up to the principles in our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Statute. I feel pretty lucky to be able to help ‘hold that mirror up’ to my institution and look forward to co-designing the actions and changes that will follow.

What excites you about leading out Rautaki Kounga?
Prior to my current role, I spent about 13 years in Māori academic development helping the Māori staff at my University to grow as academics and helping the non-Māori staff to be more inclusive in their practice. I see my work in the Rautaki Kounga space as scaling up that very localised work and taking it to a national level. I’m also excited to be working closely with my NPM colleagues in Te Kāhui Ārahi. They’re all research leaders and role models and I learn a lot just from being around them.  
Our NPM vision is flourishing Māori futures. What does that mean for you?
As I understand it, if something is flourishing it is growing and developing. In order to do that, it needs to have the right environment with the right support and nourishment. To me, part of the role of NPM is to be that right kind of environment for Māori researchers. We’re developing a Rautaki Kounga professional excellence programme that is built on the strong values of NPM and will help to create a professional community of Māori researchers that is confident of their value and skills and able to make a huge contribution within Aotearoa and beyond. In turn, I am confident that their research will make a significant contribution to Māori futures that are flourishing.

Lastly, if you could be a manu Māori/NZ Native Bird which one would you choose and why?
I think I’d be a miromiro bird. A colleague once used the phrase ‘he kanohi hōmiromiro’ to describe my critique of a new course proposal. It literally means ‘tomtit eyes’ but is a metaphor for a sharp-eyed person or someone with an eye for detail. I’ve since learnt that miromiro were also called ‘torotoro’ (scout) by our tīpuna because they could move discreetly through the forest. They were also used to send love charms between couples. Given my voyeuristic tendencies on social media, and that I was born on Valentine’s Day, both of those qualities seem quite apt for me too.

Ngā mihi ki a koe Meegan, ‘he kanohi hōmiromiro’. 

Meegan with her kuri who coincidentally is called Miro because she’s her little 'berry'
Inaugural Borrin-NPM Scholarship Winners
To contribute to increasing Māori postgraduate scholarship in law, the Borrin Foundation has partnered with NPM to provide an exciting new scholarship opportunity for Māori law students. A pool of $80,000 is available annually to support a Māori scholar to pursue a post-graduate degree in law at a New Zealand university or at an overseas institution.
For the first year of offering the scholarship, the Foundation decided to grant awards to two exceptional candidates. 
Benjamin Morgan (Ngāti Awa, Te Patuwai) received $80,000 to pursue an LLM in the USA. Ben intends to focus on the intersection between criminal law and policy, technology, and Indigenous law. He hopes to add his voice to the development of a mana-enhancing justice system in Aotearoa. 

“I want to contribute towards creating a justice system in Aotearoa that is empathetic and where Te Ao Māori informs practices across all levels. I want to use my experiences to drive positive change and create a future where my whānau can trust that the justice system will treat them fairly and with respect.”
Zachary Katene (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) also received $80,000 to pursue a Master of Laws in Corporate Governance & Practice at Stanford University Law School in California. Zachary hopes to play a significant role in harnessing the potential of the Māori economy to effect change for Māori communities. 

“Successful, well-governed whānau, iwi or hapū owned companies are one of the fastest ways to whānau wellbeing, because of the direct benefits of employment, income and training they provide. I want to advance the goal of “Ko te Māori e arataki ana i a Aotearoa ki te ao kei mua” – Māori leading Māori into the future.”
Scholarships granted to enhance a fairer justice system for Māori, NZ Herald 2 March 2022

We wish Zachary and Benjamin all the best for their studies abroad.
2022 Raumati Internship Competition Winners
After a stunning lineup of virtual presentations by our summer interns we are pleased to announce the NPM Raumati Internship competition winners:
  • Jessica Wagner (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) for her report Te Au Roa – Predator sound lure trial: Draw possums out of those difficult to reach places on Taranaki Mounga. Working closely with Taranaki mounga staff Tama Blackburn and Sera Gibson, Jessica investigated the effect sound lures have on possum activity in the field. Jessica recently completed her Bachelor of Science at Massey University majoring in Zoology and Ecology. Her internship has inspired her to pursue postgraduate study to continue her research with sound lures. You can read more about Jessica’s research here:
  • Waikauri Greensill (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Tara Tokanui, Ngāti Porou) for her report He Tohu Maumahara i a Paora Mato. Working with materials engineer Professor Kim Pickering, Waikauri’s project involved the creation of a 3D printed Tekoteko with a harakeke based biodegradable filament. The project was in honour of Dr Paora Mato, a much-loved NPM researcher who passed away last year. Having been immersed in Māori medium education from kōhanga to wharekura, Waikauri’s report was written in te reo Māori and English. Waikauri is completing her Bachelor of Science at The University of Waikato.
All of the presentations wowed our panel of judges with their rigour, creativity and orality, making their decision that much harder. We thank all the interns who participated and congratulate them for delivering outstanding research reports.
Te Apārangi Ahurei new Fellows 2022
Congratulations to the 23 Ngā Ahurei hou a Te Apārangi new Fellows elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement of mātauranga Māori, humanities, technology and science.

A special acknowledgment to these amazing wāhine Māori selected for their outstanding contributions to research at the highest international standards:
Free Digital Resource for Kaiako in the Tertiary Sector
A two and half year study by the University of Canterbury’s Te Rū Rangahau  research team led by Professor Angus Macfarlane has culminated in a new resource for kaiako on what it means to teach in culturally responsive ways.

Ngā Hau e Whā o Tawhirimātea: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning for the Tertiary Sector is a practical guide to culturally responsive teaching practice in the tertiary sector and designed to support academic teachers to reconfigure the teacher/learner dynamic and question old habits, with a view to embracing kaupapa Māori and diversity. 

An open access digital resource has been made available for free download with the support of an NPM Publication Grant.

To celebrate the book's release an online ceremony will be held during the upcoming Kia Puawai Virtual Symposium on the 21st of April. See more details later in the pānui.


Edited by Matiu Tai Rātima, Jennifer Pearl Smith, Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, Nathan Mahikai Riki, Kay-Lee Jones, Lisa Kaye Davies

Download pdf Ngā Hau e whā o Tāwhirimātea



Seeking a Māori Postdoctoral needle in a haystack!

Research started by past NPM Co-Director Professor Michael Walker on the magnetic sensory system in migratory and homing animals has resulted in a new study at Caltech’s Chen Institute of Neuroscience – a science and engineering institute in California, USA.

Caltech is offering a study opportunity for a Māori Postdoctoral Scholar interested in continuing in the field Professor Walker explored for so many years.


Leading the research is Dr Kirschvink, a long term collaborator of Professor Walker's. Both have published over 20 papers together on the biophysics of magnetic field perception in animals since the early 80s.

Dr Kirschvink and his team are hopeful of finding a Māori Postdoctoral scholar keen to continue Michael's legacy and take up the position. We encourage any eligible candidates to get in touch. 
For more information go here>>


Kia Puawai - Māori Flourishing Symposium 

The University of Canterbury Mauriora Platform Research Team, in partnership with NPM is hosting a one-day, online symposium to celebrate the culmination of two and a half years research by the Te Rū Rangahau team. The programme examined baseline data and research on the support mechanisms and barriers for Māori flourishing in Aotearoa.

An open invitation is extended to anyone interested in attending. 

Kia Puāwai–Māori Flourishing Symposium
Thursday, 21 April 2022 | 9:00am-3:15pm
Register here>>

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr Te Hurinui Clarke
  • Professor Angus Macfarlane
  • Dr Mohi Rua (NPM)
  • Meng Foon (New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner)
  • Dr Megan Woods (Minister of Housing, Energy and Resources, and Research, Science and Innovation)
  • Rino Tirikatene (MP for Te Tai Tonga)
  • Professor Melinda Webber (Keynote Address)
  • Marie Gibson (Emerging Researcher)
  • Panel Discussion: Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane, Hirone Waretini (NZ Police), Helen Leahy (Whānau Ora), Panapa Ehau (Rua Bioscience), and a Special Guest Dr Matiu Ratima (Panel Provocateur)
  • Hayley Welch (Kura Tapa Whā)
  • Emeritus Professor Ted Glynn (Living the Treaty)
  • Tā Mark Solomon (Mana Whakatipu)
  • John Huria (Hikairo Schema Series) 
  • Matiu Ratima and Catherine Montgomery (Ngā Hau e whā) 
  • Professor Gail Gillon


New NPM Secretariat team member
Dr Kiri Edge (Ngāti Maniapoto) joins the NPM team as the new Pouhere Rangahau-Research Leader.

As well as support our large NPM research network, Kiri will connect our research across the sector, to grow our uptake and impact.

Kiri’s professional foundations draw on Māori Psychology, Community & Social Psychology and foreground Te Tiriti o Waitangi based relationships, frameworks and practice. With a passion for community-based research, Kiri has contributed to a wide range of interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects across both academic and community contexts. 

“It’s an immense honour and privilege  to join the NPM whanau, and to have the opportunity to serve our research community and broader communities. NPM has played a significant role in my development as a kairangahau Māori, from my early days as an undergraduate tauira, through to my PhD and subsequent mahi.”

We are excited that Dr Kiri Edge has chosen to join the team at the NPM Secretariat in the Pouhere Rangahau role. As an experienced researcher she will serve as an important touchstone for our research network as we continue to advance the NPM goal of creating the foundations for flourishing Māori futures. With Kiri onboard, that future is beginning to take form. - Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora
New Chair of NPM Research Committee
NPM is also thrilled to welcome Professor Melinda Webber (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaue) as the new Chair of our Research Committee.

Melinda is an outstanding scholar and leader. She is a former Fulbright/NPM scholar, Marsden Fund recipient, and current Rutherford Discovery Fellow. Her research examines the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Māori students.

Melinda is currently Te Tumu, Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Auckland University, as well as the University Co-Director for the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity programme, and the Associate Director of the Woolf Fisher Research Centre.
Melinda also spent six years as a Co-Principal Investigator on the NPM-funded project 'Ka Awatea' which examined the nature of teaching, learning and home socialisation patterns that support high-achieving Māori students.

Nau mai Melinda!

The Spinoff Revisits the Tairāwhiti
With the Tairawhiti region under a state of emergency, and significant areas of the east coast community, roads and bridges cut off by floods and slips, The Spinoff has gone back to Zak Horomia who featured in our last story to see how the flood defences were holding up at Hinemaurea Marae in the low lying rural area of Mangatuna, Uawa.  (Read Zak's Interview)

Last year, NPM and Manaaki Whenua released a timely report that provided a comprehensive Te Ao Māori account of climate change impacts. One of the report’s authors, Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahunungu), senior lecturer at the University of Auckland’s faculty of medical and health sciences, told The Spinoff that climate change-related damage to low-lying cultural sites was likely to have a significant effect on Māori mental health.
Noho ora mai rā,

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