Our People

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.

Professor Jacinta Ruru

Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto
Co-Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / University of Otago

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.

Daniel Patrick

Kaiwhakahaere Matua: Executive Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

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.

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Tūhoe
University of Waikato

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

Te Rarawa, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Arawa
Business and Publications Manager
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

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 Sharples

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Kaihautu Tikanga
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

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

Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki
Programme Coordinator – Directors and Grants and Awards
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

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 Hennessy

Media & Communications Advisor
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

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.

Dr Tim West-Newman

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.

Aimee Matiu

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
Research Administrator
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / University of Auckland

He uri ahau nō Te Rarawa. Āe rā, Te Rarawa kai whare e.  Ko Ngāi Tūpoto me Ngāti Moroki ki aku hapū.   Ahakoa ētahi atu hononga ki Ngāpuhi me Ngāti Porou hoki.  Waihoki, ahakoa he tangata noho taone au, e noho pūmau ana toku ngākau, toku wairua ki te taha o Motukaraka.  Āe mārika, Hokianga taniwha rau.  

Dr Hinekura Smith

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa
Emerging Researchers' Leader
The University of Auckland

Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa) is NPM's Emerging Researchers’ Leader, providing further national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and developing and nurturing initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capacity Strategy.

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