Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru, was recently one of 20 Wāhine Toa to contribute to a roundtable discussion with Barack Obama, former President of the United States of America during his visit to Aotearoa in March 2018.   

Wāhine Toa were the only group in Aotearoa New Zealand to have this opportunity.  "It was an incredible experience to sit with a group of amazing Māori women leaders from around the country to share our hopes and aspirations for change”.  

The joint Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) and Royal Society Te Apārangi project, Te Takarangi - which is celebrating a sample historical to contemporary 150 Māori non-fiction books - has recently reached the 50 book milestone.

From 13 February 2018, one book has been profiled each day of the working week, with the 150th publication to be announced during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018.  

Dr Ocean Mercier (Ngāti Porou) from Victoria University of Wellington has joined NPM’s Research Leadership Team (RLT) as co-theme leader Te Tai Ao, taking up the role alongside Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes.
 
Ocean is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui and a national Ako Aotearoa award winning Kaupapa Māori teacher, who has a PhD in Physics and specialises in teaching Te Pūtaiao Māori/Māori Science and Cultural Mapping.
 

MAI Journal has released - Volume 7, Issue 1 - its first issue for 2018.

This issue is available online, and with open access here.

It contains a number of articles covering a diverse range of research areas including kaupapa Māori film theory and Māori resistance in film history, young parenthood from a Māori perspective and highlights themed contributions with a particular focus on Whai Rawa: Research for Māori economies.

The theme of this years NPM International Indigenous Research Conference is Indigenous Futures. We are expecting hundreds of national and international delegates to meet us here at Waipapa Marae - the University of Auckland, in November.

2018 Keynotes include Dr Chelsea Bond, Dr Marie Delorme, Professor Charles Menzies, Professor Poia Rewi and Dr 'Aulani Wilhelm.

General abstract submissions will remain open for just one more month until 1 June.

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