NPM Board member

Professor Jim Metson

Head of the School of Chemical Sciences
The University of Auckland

Professor Jim Metson graduated with PhD in Chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1980, before taking up a position at Surface Science Western, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

He then moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he has held several positions including a term as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research). 

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama

Te Ātiawa, Ngati Mahanga, Ngā Māhanga ā Tairi

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is a Senior Research Fellow at the Te Kōtahi Institute, University of Waikato, and Director of Māori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company. Her extensive research interests cover whānau, economic transformation and national identity. She has a long history of involvement in Māori education, including te kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori (total immersion pre–schools and schools), and has published widely.

Professor Rāwinia Higgins

Head of School/AVC Maori Research, Te Kawa a Māui
Victoria University of Wellington

Rāwinia Higgins completed a Tohu Māoritanga and a BA in Māori Studies at Te Kawa a Māui.  She completed her postgraduate qualifications at the University of Otago where she served as a Lecturer until 2006.  She returned to Wellington and worked as a research consultant until 2009, when she took up a Senior Lecturer position at Te Kawa a Māui. In 2012 she became an Associate Professor and appointed as the Head of School for Te Kawa a Māui in 2014.  In July 2014 she became Professor of Māori Studies and Iho Rangahau Māori (Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori Research).

Professor Rawinia Higgins

Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Rawinia Higgins was appointed Te Tumu Ahurei (Māori) / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Victoria University of Wellington in 2016.  She was previously Victoria’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori Research and Head of School for Te Kawa a Māui / School of Māori Studies and went to Victoria as a senior lecturer in 2009 after holding academic positions at the University of Otago for 12 years. Her research expertise is Māori language revitalisation and, more specifically, language planning and policy.