Researching Indigenous Women Leaders

2014 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Awardee Sharon Toi was highlighted in Fulbright's publication - Bright Sparks in September. Link to the article here.

Sharon's 2014 Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award enabled her to research the invisibility of Indigenous women in tribal governance, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, towards a PhD in Law from the University of Waikato. 

“My research objective as a Fulbright scholar was to undertake a comparative study of the participation of Māori and Native American women as tribal leaders and decision-makers. I was particularly interested in interviewing a sample of women of the Southwestern tribes who have a well-researched history of grassroots activism, political and tribal leadership.”

Our current Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Awardee Maia Wikaira (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) from Tūrangi, is using her award to complete a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy specialising in freshwater law and policy and indigenous rights at Stanford University in California.