NPM Staff

Paora Sharples

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Kaihautu Tikanga
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Paora is Kaihautu Tikanga (Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori leader) at NPM and also a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Māori Studies, University of Auckland where he lectures in Kapahaka, Traditional & Contemporary Māori Performing Arts and Te Reo Māori. 

He has had a significant career in kapahaka as well as traditional and contemporary Māori performing arts, including areas of performing, teaching/training, directing, judging as well as choreography and composition within this indigenous genre of dance.

Mike Hennessy

Media & Communications Advisor
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Mike has more than 20 years experience in the creative and business industries as a media and communications manager, producer, director, researcher, writer and oral historian. With a BSc & MCPA (Masters) from the University of Auckland, he has spent more than 20 years working on culture and heritage projects across the country. With a specialty in oral history interviewing and oral tradition filming & archiving, Mike has worked with both local and central government and has established close ties and connections throughout Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki, Te Arawa & Mātaatua.

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Tūhoe
University of Waikato

Linda Waimarie Nikora is co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, the University of Auckland. She was previously Professor of Psychology and Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato. Her specialities are in in community psychology, applied social psychology, ethnopsychology and Maori development.

Marie-Chanel Berghan

Te Rarawa, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Arawa
Business and Publications Manager
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Marie-Chanel Berghan looks after the financial, contract and operations (physical resources and infrastructure) management of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. As well as managing the publications, specifically the two NPM Journals; AlterNative and MAI Journal. Marie-Chanel has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and in Business, Māori Development.  Before joining the centre, she was the Whakapiki Ake Project Manager at The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for five years and prior to that, a Project Administration Manager at Hewlett Packard. 
 

Professor Poia Rewi

Ngāti Manawa, Tūhoe, Te Arawa
Te Tumu
University of Otago

Professor Poia Rewi lectures at Te Tumu (School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies), the University of Otago. His main areas of research and teaching, and community engagement involve the Māori language, Māori culture, education and performing arts. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the three-year Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Pae Tawhiti initiative on Te Reo Māori.

 

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