Excitement is building at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga as we draw closer to our 10th International Indigenous Research Conference in November. The online conference will bring together Indigenous researchers, knowledge-holders and practitioners from around the world to reflect, share, plan, innovate and get inspired. We are delighted to confirm that Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta - the only woman and Indigenous person to ever hold the portfolio - will be our opening speaker. Abstracts have now closed and we look forward to sharing more about the programme in coming months. 

The NPM team extended a warm welcome to Minister for Research, Science and Innovation Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall when she visited us this month to launch our new programme Kanapu. Headed by Vanessa Clark, Kanapu will create spaces to design and implement practical initiatives, resources and tools to ensure Māori have greater visibility and impact in the RSI system. Minister Verall said “Kanapu is a further way the Government is strengthening the benefits that Māori knowledge, culture, values and worldview bring to the research system”. Kanapu will 

be based at the University of Waikato at Te Ngira: Institute for Population Research. You can read more about Kanapu below.Growing and nurturing future leaders is one of NPM’s core contributions to our communities and the wider sector. We recently put out a call for applications for our 2022-24 round of PhD scholarships and received a stunning array of submissions. The ten successful recipients will join NPM’s highly successful Māori Futures Programme which supports promising Māori senior undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral students to grow Aoteroa’s Māori research workforce. 


Finally, we mourn the passing of Tā Toby Curtis who made an enormous contribution to the uplift of our people, language and culture. Our aroha goes out to his whānau including our colleague and Tā Toby’s daughter, Dr Elana Curtis. 

Moe mai rā e te rangatira.

Ngā Pou Matarua | Co-Directors

• Professor Tahu Kukutai

• Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

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