• Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What are the implications of reclaiming and reviving the mātauranga associated with nga atua Māori and how does it contribute to reimagining the role of atua Māori in the modern world?

    How and why are atua Māori, and associated mātauranga, being referenced in different fields today? For example: Sport, recreation, and nutrition; Health and environmental sciences.

    What are recent examples of the application of mātauranga associated with atua Māori in teaching and research? For example: Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo; Dr Rangi Matamua's research in Māori Astronomy.

  • Ngāi Tahu
    Deputy Director

    Emma was a Deputy Director at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 2016 to 2018 and now leads a research project.  She is also the Director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit) and a Lecturer in Māori Health, both in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. 

  • Tūhoe

    Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland. She previously taught in the sociology and criminology programme at the University of Auckland. Tracey brings a high level of experience to her roles in international work, community development, student equity and in her wider contributions to the academic community. Tracey has lectured at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, was a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

  • Kai Tahu
    Head of School, Māui Lab Co-Director
    Aotahi - School of Māori & Indigenous Studies

    Sacha brings a serial entrepreneur’s approach to working with and for Iwi Māori. From instigating United Nations proceedings to architecting a Māori social enterprise fund and leading commercial negotiations, she is known for solution-building that meets Iwi Māori aspirations.
    Before coming to UC, Sacha was the director of a boutique consultancy working with Iwi Māori in strategy development, kaupapa Māori asset management and innovation and the General Manager Strategy and influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, responsible for government relations on behalf of the Iwi.

  • Ngāti Kahungunu Rangitāne Kai Tahu Kati Mamoe Ngāti Porou Ngāti Raukawa Te Wainui ā Ru
    Senior Research Fellow
    Health Services Research Centre

    Dr Lynne Russell works as a Senior Research Fellow - Maori Health with the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) at Victoria University of Wellington. Much of her professional and academic work has centred around the Indigenous knowledge and healing practices used in recovery from trauma associated with mental distress, suicide loss and self-harm. She describes herself as an writer, activist and public speaker stirred by cultural resilience, social justice, Indigenous and LGBTI rights, and the amplification of voices more readily silenced in society.

  • Senior Lecturer
    Institute of Modern Letters

    Dr Tina Makereti has a PhD and Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a novelist, essayist, curator and short fiction writer. Her first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014) has been described as a New Zealand classic and 'a remarkable first [book that] spans generations of Moriori, Māori and Pākehā descendants as they grapple with a legacy of pacifism, violent domination and cross-cultural dilemmas.' It was longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award 2016 and won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction.

  • Ngāti Porou

    Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te Awa, Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi, Ko te Whānau a Pōkai te Hapū, Ko Te Kapa o Hinekōpeka te Tūrangawaewae, Ko Pōkai te Marae, Ko Pōhatu te Wharekai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa.

    My main accomplishments to-date are my five children and (so far) eight mokopuna.

    I am a senior lecturer/researcher in education with a main focus on mathematics education in relation to kaupapa and mātauranga Māori in kura. 

  • COVID project Full project

    Project commenced:
    Project completed


    Western views on disability & underfunding of Indigenous health marginalises kāpō Māori. New research aims to change this & centre kāpō Māori lifeworlds

    Traditional forms of Māori story-telling describe strong and knowledgeable kāpō Māori. Ongoing processes of colonisation has seen experiences of marginalisation, invisibility, and ‘othering’ become the norm for Māori, and even more so for disabled Māori. The framing of disability within the Pākehā health sector alongside chronic underfunding of Māori health services has compounded the exclusion and isolation experienced by kāpō Māori.

  • Scoping project

    Project commenced:

    This study will explore how comparative views of “home” relate to concepts such as identity, whakapapa, and hauora and how these concepts thereby impact service utilisation and uptake in two areas (one rural and one urban). The research seeks to ask

    How do urban and rural Māori conceptualise “home” and do these ideas of home differ across generations?
    Do perceptions of home affect decisions to access services (education, health, financial, etc.?). If so, how?
    How can services be improved to incorporate these views / perceptions of home?

  • Ngāi Tūhoe Ngāti Kahungunu
    Te Koronga Kaitiaki Kaupapa Manager
    School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences

    Mr Danny Poa is the Te Koronga Kaitiaki Kaupapa Manager at the University of Otago.

    Danny is also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.