Jacinta Ruru is co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and Professor of Law at the University of Otago. Her research has focused on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries.
The Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga network includes researchers and academics from around Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as international advisors and scholars, members of our 21 partner institutions and also professional support staff based at the Centres host institution, the University of Auckland.
In this section you can identify members of NPM's Board, Research Committee, Research Leadership Team, Theme Leaders, International Advisory Board and Staff as well as view a list of NPM Researchers currently working on project research which is driven, supported and funded by the centre.
Daniel is the Executive Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and has been since 2011. He directs and plans the entire Centre’s business activities, including contracting, financial operations, resources planning, risk management, systems and performance measures and manages the Centre's investment portfolios.
Linda Waimarie Nikora is co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, the University of Auckland. She was previously Professor of Psychology and Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato. Her specialities are in in community psychology, applied social psychology, ethnopsychology and Maori development.
Marie-Chanel Berghan looks after the financial, contract and operations (physical resources and infrastructure) management of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. As well as managing the publications, specifically the two NPM Journals; AlterNative and MAI Journal. Marie-Chanel has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and in Business, Māori Development. Before joining the centre, she was the Whakapiki Ake Project Manager at The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for five years and prior to that, a Project Administration Manager at Hewlett Packard.
Paora is Kaihautu Tikanga (Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori leader) at NPM and also a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Māori Studies, University of Auckland where he lectures in Kapahaka, Traditional & Contemporary Māori Performing Arts and Te Reo Māori.
He has had a significant career in kapahaka as well as traditional and contemporary Māori performing arts, including areas of performing, teaching/training, directing, judging as well as choreography and composition within this indigenous genre of dance.
Jane Rangiwahia coordinates the Grants and Awards Programme and provides executive assistance to the Directors. Prior to joining Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Jane owned and managed a number of small businesses in the hospitality industry and property sector.
Mike has more than 20 years experience in the creative and business industries as a media and communications manager, producer, director, researcher, writer and oral historian. With a BSc & MCPA (Masters) from the University of Auckland, he has spent the past 15 years working on culture and heritage projects across the country. With a specialty in oral history interviewing and oral tradition filming & archiving, Mike has worked with both local and central government and has established close ties and connections throughout Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki, Te Arawa & Mātaatua.
Tim West-Newman develops and implements technical business solutions including websites for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Tim has a PhD in Human Computer Interaction and has considerable experience in web and information technology systems development, having worked in The University of Auckland and AUT University, as well as an independent contractor for various organisations.
Honorine Franswah assists with all the administrative functions of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, including the Centre’s reception and secretarial duties. Honorine obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Madras and brings substantial administrative experience from nearly 20 years involvement in the manufacturing sector in India. More recently she provided administrative support at The University of Auckland prior to taking up her role at the Centre.
Kiri West-McGruer (Ngāti Maru) is NPM's MAI Journal Coordinator and oversees the production of articles submitted to MAI journal from submission through to publication.
Kiri has a Master of Arts – First Class Honours, Honours in Sociology with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Political Science) from the University of Auckland. Her Masters looked at the development of Research Ethics Frameworks and how we might understand or critique established ethics models from an Indigenous perspective.