NPM Professional Excellence Workshop | "Supervising Māori students and topics"


Date: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Time: 10am-11am

Completing a postgraduate thesis can be one of the most satisfying accomplishments that a Māori student can achieve. Too often, however, that experience can be hampered when issues arise with their supervision or research topic.

In this online panel discussion, we’ll hear from experienced supervisors, Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (Unitec) and Associate Professor Anaru Eketone (University of Otago), about supervising Māori students and projects. What works? What doesn’t? And, how can we not just survive, but thrive, in the research supervision relationship?


The Professional Excellence Series of online webinars is hosted by Associate Professor Meegan Hall who is the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Mātauranga Māori) at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington and a member of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga’s Research Leadership Team.


Jenny Lee-Morgan (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Mahuta) is Professor of Māori Research at Unitec in Auckland and the founding Director of Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Centre. Jenny has a strong background in education, te reo Māori and community-based research. In 2016, Jenny was awarded Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award by the New Zealand Association for Research in Education in recognition of her high-quality research and significant contribution to the Māori education sector. Jenny’s co-edited book, Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, research and practice (Hutchings & Lee-Morgan, 2016) provides a broad, decolonised agenda for Māori development and won Te Kōrero Pono (non-fiction category) in the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2017. She was also an investigator on the Ako Aotearoa funded project, Te tātua o kahukura (2017-2018), which identified 10 key ways that supervisors can support Māori PhD scholars.

Anaru Eketone (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) is Associate Dean (Māori) and an Associate Professor in Social Work at the University of Otago. Anaru has a background in youth work, community development, social work and health promotion. He teaches extensively in the area of Indigenous/Māori social work and bicultural social work. His primary research interests are in contemporary Māori economic and social development, and the impact of religious movements in his tribal area. He also supervises student research on kaupapa Māori, Māori community development and Māori economic and social development topics. Anaru has published articles and book chapters about kaupapa Māori research and biculturalism, as well as the importance of Indigenous research and practice.





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