NPM Research Leadership Team

Dr Hinekura Smith

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa
Emerging Researchers' Leader
The University of Auckland

Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa) is NPM's Emerging Researchers’ Leader, providing further national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and developing and nurturing initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capacity Strategy.

Dr Ocean Mercier

Ngāti Porou
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University of Wellington

Ocean’s teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts and using novel digital technologies. She co-leads a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa. Her research also involves kaupapa Māori reading of films. She is the presenter of Māori Television's Project Mātauranga and presents for TVNZ’s Coast.

Dr Meegan Hall

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Associate Professor - Centre for Academic Development, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Mātauranga Māori)
Victoria University of Wellington

Meegan teaches courses on higher education learning and teaching and hosts teaching orientations and events. Most of her teaching is to lecturers and tutors whilst she also contributes to the programme offered by Te Kawa a Māui, the School of Māori Studies, such as their introductory course about Māori society and culture and their postgraduate course about Māori research methodologies.

Her research interests lie in Māori academic development, Māori pedagogies, Māori student achievement and retention in higher education.

Professor Chellie Spiller

Professor of Management and Leadership Associate Dean Māori
University of Waikato

Dr Chellie Spiller, of Māori and Pākehā lineage, is Professor of Management and Leadership, and Associate Dean Māori at the University of Waikato. She was previously a senior lecturer and Associate Dean Māori and Pacific at the University of Auckland Business School. She has over 30 years of corporate experience in tourism, finance and marketing, holding senior executive positions in New Zealand and abroad, and brings this experience to her academic work and leadership and management development programmes.

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu
Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre
Massey University

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes is based out of Massey University and is currently Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre. She has worked on research in many areas; more recently relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, alcohol and youth well-being and identity.

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