He Iho Reo, a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga project which looked at how families pass on the Māori language to their children has resulted in the development of a new Māori Language App, called 'Aki'.

Associate Professor Poia Rewi, Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl and their team from the University of Otago, developed this App from the work completed on He Iho Reo, which was focused on developing a “tool-box” which would support Māori language transmission and maintenance.

It is with pleasure that we announce Hon Dr Pita R Sharples (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngāti Pahauwera) as the new Patron of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM).

Throughout Dr Sharples career he has been at the forefront of Māori development, education and research. As we all know, he has recently finished his term as Minister of Māori Affairs, and NPM is delighted to be able to draw on his wisdom and long career of service to Māori and indigenous peoples.

One of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s (NPM) key research priorities is ‘Optimising Māori Economic Performance’, and NPM is pleased to announce four new research projects to address this research priority. Each project is focused on delivering outcomes that create positive impacts, enhancing the Māori economy and communities as a consequence.

The four research projects are each led by NPM researchers with expertise and demonstrated community involvement and each project adds significantly to the NPM’s research portfolio.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) - New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence – recently received a report commissioned from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to assess the economic, social and other impacts of its research.

A summary of key findings from this research impact evaluation are:

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

This full programme includes the confirmed keynote speakers and all the presentations that will be held throughout the four days of the conference, which runs from Tuesday 25th November through to Friday 28th November.

Massey University's Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards have been held annually since 2009 to formally recognise Māori literature.

This year 16 books are finalists in the arts, biography and history, fiction, non-fiction, and te reo Māori categories and two of these books have ties to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Living by the Moon: Te Maramataka o Te Whānau-ā-Apanui was written by Wiremu Tawhai and is a finalist in the Te Kōrero Pono (Non-fiction) section.

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.