The Native Planet documentary series tells stories of the unique spiritual connection First Peoples have with mother earth and their passion to defend it - and this past month they started screening the first season of this series in Canada.

Episode One was filmed in 2013 and documents host Simon Baker and the Native Planet team as they travel to New Zealand and with the assistance of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, record how science and indigenous knowledge are combining to offer hope to a small North island hāpu and their sacred lake.

Ten NPM Research Internship projects have recently been confirmed for the 2014-2015 summer, and student internship applications can be now be made.

The following projects have been selected:

- Māori Law Stories (Khylee Quince) Based in Auckland this research project will focus on a book which will tell the stories behind a number of historical and contemporary legal cases involving Māori.

Kia ora koutou,

On Sunday 14th September & Monday 16th September, the symposium - Whakarongo ki a Tangaroa - He Tohu! - centred around the 2011 Rena disaster is running at Ōtamarākau Marae in the Bay of Plenty, bringing research from the 'ivory towers' back to the pa and home communities.

The preliminary programme for the 2014 International Indigenous Development Research Conference has now been released.

This programme (attached for download below) includes our now confirmed keynote speakers and presentations over the four days of the conference, which runs from Tuesday 25th November through to Friday 28th November.

Over 190 speakers will present throughout the conference, in a combination of parallel and panel presentations, poster presentations, round tables and of course our keynotes.

10 Years of AlterNative!

The latest issue of the journal (Volume 10, issue 3) is now available online and in print.

Topics in this issue are extremely diverse and cover Latin American history, indigenous education, identity, social movements, historical and intergenerational trauma, game design, research ethics in health and ageing research and environmental impact assessment.

Professor Michael Walker (Whakatōhea) ONZM, a founding Joint Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence, has been invited to deliver the opening address of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) General Assembly on the 30th August, 2014.

This Saturday at the Auckland Museum Professor Walker will give the opening keynote presentation to this pre-eminent group of scientists, who are visiting the country for next week’s 31st ICSU General Assembly.

Tekiteora Rolleston-Gabel was chosen by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga to attend the 8th Asian Science Camp in Singapore this year.

Currently a student at Ngā Taiātea Wharekura, Hamilton's only Māori-language immersion secondary school, Tekiteora is in her final year at school studying biology and chemistry.

Fulbright New Zealand and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence, are now calling for applications for the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award.

This award, is valued at up to US$37,500, and is for a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to conduct research and/or lecture in the US for three to five months in a field of indigenous development.

“Rangahau Whai Kiko: Transformative Māori and Indigenous Research”

Hosted by MAI ki Waikato on behalf of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Te Kupenga o MAI the 2014 National Māori & Indigenous Doctoral Conference will be held from Friday 21st November - Sunday 23rd November 2014, at Maketu Marae, Kawhia.

On behalf of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Te Kupenga o MAI, and MAI ki Waikato, an invitation is being extended to all Māori and Indigenous doctoral candidates to put this date in their diaries.

NPM seeks to invest in further research projects focusing on its research priority ‘Optimising Māori Economic Performance’ that aligns to its research direction.

Optimising Māori Economic Performance – harnessing the contribution of Māori peoples to New Zealand’s economic development through increased, successful and positive participation in the general economy and through distinctive Māori contributions to economic development.

NPM is seeking applications from individuals or groups within its PRE Network interested in undertaking research within the scope of the RFP.