In 2016 Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) commences its new Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) contract funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, which will carry it through to 2020. Over the coming five years NPM will embark on a new research programme whilst continuing to focus on realising Māori aspirations for positive engagement in national life, enhancing our excellence in Indigenous scholarship and providing solutions to major challenges facing humanity in local and global settings.
Our mission with the new contract is to deliver world leading research that produces measureable outcomes throughout our interwoven thematic areas of the Māori economy, the environment, and society - all of which will contribute to ongoing Māori development.
The new research themes for NPM over the coming five years will be led by some outstanding Māori scholars, and will draw on the knowledge and skills of our ever increasing network of researchers from around the country.
- Whai Rawa – Research for Māori Economies, led by Mānuka Hēnare and Shaun Awatere
- Te Tai Ao – The Natural Environment, led by Helen Moewaka Barnes and Michael Walker
- Mauri Ora – Human Flourishing, led by Linda Nikora and Papaarangi Reid
Each of these three thematic areas will be threaded through with a vigorous programme of Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori, led by Wharehuia Milroy and Tīmoti Kāretu, that will revitalise te reo and tikanga, investing them strongly in the emerging research space.
NPM will support a research programme grounded in mātauranga Māori, Māori science, kaupapa Māori and tikanga Māori approaches and methods, and will utilise all appropriate international science knowledge and techniques to deliver projects of outstanding research quality, which will have direct impact on the communities which we serve.