Summer Intern Report Competition

NPM completed our 2019-2020 Summer Internship Summary Report Competition with short online presentations from the three finalists on Tuesday 19 May.

The finalists were:

Kelly Mitchell (Waikato-Tainui) from Victoria University of Wellington. Her supervisor was Dr Vini Olsen-Reeder also from Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies. Project: Te Whare Kōrero o Te Ure Tārewa.

Hazel Abraham (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa Ki Kawerau, Whakatōhea, Tūhoe) from AUT University. Her supervisor was Professor Tania Ka'ai, from Te Ipukarea Research Institute at AUT. Project: Te Hiringa Taketake: Māori Traditional Models of Learning and Teaching.

Taonga Flavell (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Porou) from the University of Auckland. His supervisor was Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora, from Te Wānanga o Waipapa at University of Auckland. Project: Evidencing the Positive Contribution of Kapa Haka to the Wellbeing of New Zealand Society

After a fantastic hour of online kōrero and presentations from these three finalists, in front of the large gathered group of researchers, students and staff - Hazel Abraham was announced by the assessment panel as the winner of the 2020 Summer Intern Reflection Competition!

Hazel is interested in kaupapa Māori research that explores the transmission of intergenerational cultural and historical trauma, and the impact on successive generations of Māori whānau and their communities, through mainstream schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her future aspirations include undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship and being able to give back to her hapū, and the communities she comes from.

NPM's congratulations go to Hazel, Taonga and Kelly - and indeed every one of our 2019-2020 summer interns, who have all successfully completed their project work in recent months.

We remain inspired by the quality of the work that is produced out of these summer internships, under the guidance and supervision of senior Māori researchers from around Aotearoa.