2022 IIRC Conference Website

Building the foundations for flourishing Indigenous Futures


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is the founding host of the biennial International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC). The IIRC has a well established reputation as the premier international Indigenous conference and consistently attracts high numbers of national and international participants. IIRC is a time for reflection, sharing, planning, innovating. IIRC offers participants a range of engagement modes: master classes, premiere keynotes, guest speakers and time to connect and renew. As a deeply related community of Indigenous researchers internationally, we come together in the one place every two years, at Waipapa marae, Waipapa Taumata Rau - The University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

In 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of participants and Indigenous communities, IIRC was held as a successful online event. We will be doing the same in 2022 making it easier and safer to connect our global community of Indigenous researchers.

2022 Building the foundations for flourishing Indigenous Futures

Celebrating 20 years of being Aotearoa New Zealand’s only Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) are excited to invite you to join us online from 15 – 18 November 2022 for our 2nd virtual and 10th International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC).

IIRC is a time for reflection, sharing, planning, innovating, getting inspired. Everything about our conference is Indigenous. Hot topics include: climate change, living sustainably, Indigenous rights and wellbeing, Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous distinctiveness, and building firm foundations for flourishing Indigenous futures.

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Previous conferences

Below are listed our previous conferences with links to our media centre where you will find a treasure trove of keynote addresses from leading Indigenous researchers from around the world.

2020 Gathering of Indigenous Minds (Online)

NPM is committed to holding the 9th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC20) in November 2020. The challenges we have all faced together this year has changed the nature of what is possible, but in just five months we will be hosting a unique and online "Gathering of Indigenous Minds". more

2018 Indigenous Futures 

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (NPM) is the founding host of the biennial International Indigenous Research Conference. It is our honour to enable and host this conference to create an international stage for engagement, sharing and future shaping of globally relevant Indigenous led research. more

2016 International Indigenous Research Conference 

Centred on: 

  • Whai Rawa – Prosperous Indigenous Economies;
  • Te Tai Ao – Healthy Natural Environments;
  • Mauri Ora – Indigenous Human Flourishing;
  • Mahi Auaha – Creative Indigenous Innovation ; and
  • Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori – Thriving Indigenous Languages and Cultures. more

2014 International Indigenous Development Research Conference 

Explored indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. more

2012 International Indigenous DevelopmentResearch Conference 

The 5th biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012 was held in Auckland on 27-30 June 2012, hosted by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence. The proceedings are free to download, and include nearly 40 peer reviewed papers from around the world.

2010 Kei muri i te awe kāpara he tangata kē – Recognising, engaging, understanding difference  

Discussed strategies for generating social, educational, intellectual, and economic opportunities by building relationships that engage, understand, and accommodate difference to overcome the adverse effects resulting from failure to understand sufficiently the differences among indigenous and non-indigenous communities and societies. more

2008 Te Tatau Pounamu: The Greenstone Door 

Focused on traditional indigenous concepts, values, ideals, models and strategies for sustaining balaned and healthy relationships within and across families, communities, nations, nation-states, local, regional and global borders, territories and environments. more

2006 Indigenous Indicators of Well-being: Perspectives, Practices, Solutions 

Addressed issues, practices, models and perspectives for protecting, sustaining and nurturing traditional systems of knowledge. more