Sir Tīpene O'Regan chaired his final Board meeting of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) last week. After 12 years of leading the Board and guiding NPM, Sir Tīpene will conclude his tenure at year end.
Sir Tīpene arrived at NPM in August 2006 having led the Ngāi Tahu Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty settlement claims process. He was an architect of the Treaty Fisheries Settlements, had been founding chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana, Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori at the University of Canterbury and a long serving Chair of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board.
On Friday 16th November, we farewelled 100s of delegates who had gathered for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga's 8 continuous days of Indigenous celebration and research excellence of our 8th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference.
Indigenous students, community and tertiary researchers and policy makers from around the world connected in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland once again, for focused knowledge sharing on the potential of our Indigenous futures.
Amongst twenty new Fellows and three Honorary Fellows recently elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement of science, technology and the humanities were NPM Co-Director Professor Waimarie Nikora and Principal Investigator Professor Angus Macfarlane.
Professor Angus Macfarlane (University of Canterbury)
The successful 2018 Marsden Fund recipients have been announced from across the country and this year the list includes many past and present NPM researchers working as Principal Investigators and Associate Investigators on a number of new, engaging and exciting projects.
The Marsden Fund grants support New Zealand’s best investigator-initiated research in the areas of science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities and it is important that research borne out of matauranga Māori has been recognised and celebrated this year.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has announced a comprehensive suite of nine new research platforms, which are contributing to an enhanced research focus for NPM and designed to deliver innovation in areas of significant research challenge for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Working collaboratively across our 21 institutional partners and coordinating with a wide group of researchers, NPM has developed these platforms to further empower and drive Māori communities towards greater economic, cultural, social and environmental well-being.
In 2016 and 2017 Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga together with its research partners and network developed and commenced 19 new seed and scope projects which were designed to test, progress and advance initial research ideas and propositions through to fully realised projects.
Now in 2018, NPM has announced 11 further new seed and scope research projects which will together continue to contribute to NPM’s research programme.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is on the eve of eight continuous days of intense global sharing of Indigenous-led researched solutions with hundreds of highly experienced Indigenous researchers arriving into Tāmakai Makaurau Auckland from almost 100 tribal nations, each of them specialists in business, health and medicine, sciences, humanities, languages, the performing arts and many other disciplines.
The achievements of Māori researchers, scholars and innovators were celebrated on Wednesday 17 October at the Research Honours Aotearoa event, hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi at Te Papa, in Wellington, many with strong links and ties to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.
Founding Joint Director of NPM Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) received the inaugural Te Puāwaitanga Award from Royal Society Te Apārangi in recognition of the eminent and distinctive contribution she has made to Te Ao Māori, and to Māori and Indigenous knowledge.
More than 300 scholars, authors, research and community leaders, publishers, secondary school students and politicians came together in Parliament this past week to celebrate the success and future of Te Takarangi - 150 Māori authored non-fiction books.
MC for the evening NPM Board Member and Associate Professor Scotty Morrison led a series of speakers to commend the collection.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Co-Directors Professor Jacinta Ruru and Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora are thrilled to welcome Dr Hinekura Smith into a new position in our Research Leadership Team.
Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa) has commenced as our Emerging Researchers’ Leader to provide further national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and develop and nurture initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capacity Strategy.