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Tā Pita Sharples: 'He kōtuku rerenga tahi'
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) welcomes the recognition given to our new patron Dr The Honourable Sir Pita R Sharples, KNZM, CBE (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngāti Pāhauwera) in this weeks Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The awarding of a KNZM (Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) recognises the extraordinary contribution that Tā Pita has made to Māori and New Zealand, over the past fifty years. 

From his early years in the education sector establishing the country’s first Māori language immersion primary school in Auckland, through to his work in helping to launch and then guide the Māori Party through its early years in Parliament, Tā Pita has had a long and illustrious career. In his role as Minister of Māori Affairs he was instrumental in securing millions of dollars in funding for Māori initiatives across the sectors of health, education, housing, corrections, Treaty claims and social issues, however he often says that leading the campaign for New Zealand to sign up to the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2010 was his political highlight.

We look forward to Tā Pita's ongoing support and counsel as we work towards a revitalised and strengthened NPM in 2016, and beyond.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga would also like to acknowledge one of our early Lead Researchers, Professor Elizabeth McKinley (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu) who received recognition for her services to education and Māori, in the same Honours List. Elizabeth was the recipient of an ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit).
NZ's Māori Centre of Research Excellence 2016 - 2020

Since the recent Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) announcement we have advised our communities, networks and the wider public of the successful outcome for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM).

While we have previously shared some details of the proposal for NPM from 2016-2020, we are now providing more information to our wider network and the public on the programme, structure and form that the revitalised and strengthened NPM will take in 2016.

The vision for NPM 2016-2020 is: "Māori leading New Zealand into the future. Our research realises Māori aspirations for positive engagement in national life, enhances our excellence in Indigenous scholarship and provides solutions to major challenges facing humanity in local and global settings."

Our proposed platform of research envisages a suite of integrated, complementary research projects spread within our three thematic areas and threaded through with a vigorous programme of Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori led by our Tohunga Reo, Professors Wharehuia Milroy and Tīmoti Kāretu.

The three research themes as stated in our pre-proposal are:
  • Whai Rawa – Research for Māori Economies (led by Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare and Dr Shawn Awatere)
  • Te Tai Ao – Natural Environment (led by Professors' Helen Moewaka Barnes and Michael Walker)
  • Mauri Ora – Human flourishing (led by Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora and Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid)
Find below a link to a shortened version of our successful CoRE proposal, along with a Q&A sheet that addresses some key questions on the future of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Abridged CoRE Proposal and Q&A
Ngā mihi nui,

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga |New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence
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