Our Researchers

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 Tracey McIntosh

Tūhoe
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / University of Auckland

Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland. She previously taught in the sociology and criminology programme at the University of Auckland. Tracey brings a high level of experience to her roles in international work, community development, student equity and in her wider contributions to the academic community. Tracey has lectured at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, was a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

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.

Dr James Ataria

Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Deputy Director / Principal Investigator
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / Cawthron Institute
Lincoln University

Dr James Ataria is a Deputy Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. He is Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University and an ecotoxicologist at the Cawthron Institute, Nelson and is also an associate trustee of the Tuaropaki Trust and a member of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao (Māori Advisory Committee to the board of the Environmental Protection Authority).

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.

Associate Professor Jo Smith

School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Jo's research examines the socio-political power of media technologies with a primary focus on how colonial histories inform contemporary media practices. She has developed her research profile across three interrelated fields (Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Settler Colonial Studies) to ask new questions about the ways in which media technologies, institutions and aesthetic practices help shape notions of identity, nationhood and community.

Andrew Waa

Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi)
Research Fellow
University of Otago

Andrew (Anauru) is a Research Fellow with the Department of Public Health, at the University of Otago. He is a trained social scientist with postgraduate degrees in Public Health.

His work has included evaluations of community, national and government level policies, programmes and services and has also lectured and developed aids for teaching evaluation methods. Andrew’s public health interests include Māori health, tobacco control, social marketing, nutrition and psychosocial recovery following disasters.

Arapata Hakiwai

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu

Arapata Hakiwai has worked for the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa for over fifteen years, having worked in a number of roles including Exhibitions Concept Developer, Curator and Community Partnerships Manager Māori for National Services, and is currently Scholar Mātauranga Māori, leading the research on the Māori collections. Arapata was formerly the Manager of Bicultural Operations at Te Papa from 1999 through to 2002 and Director of Mātauranga Māori from 2003-2009.

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