NPM research solves real world challenges facing Māori. We do so in Māori-determined and inspired ways engendering sustainable relationships that grow the mana (respect and regard) and mauri (life essence) of the world we inhabit.
The excellence and expertise of the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga researcher network is organised by four Te Ao Māori knowledge and excellence clusters or Pae. Pae are where our researchers rise with Te Ao Māori knowledge, tools and expertise to build a secure and prosperous future for Māori and Aotearoa New Zealand. Pae are purposefully expansive and inclusive, supporting transdisciplinary teams and approaches. Our 2021-2024 programme of work will look to the far future to assure flourishing Māori futures for generations to come. With Māori intended as the primary beneficiaries of our research, our programme will reinforce the firmly established foundations of mātauranga Māori through sound research attuned to the lived experience of Māori.
Four Pātai or critical systems-oriented questions generate transformative interventions and policy advice for stakeholders and next users. All of our research will contribute mātauranga-informed theories, models and evidenced solutions in response to our Pātai. Our Pātai serve to integrate and energise our programme and Pae to synthesize our research for next stage impact and outcomes.
Matakitenga projectProject commenced:Project completedPae AuahaPātai Te Ao Māori
This research project explores the utilisation of sonic mapping and LiDar scanning of Motiti marae and Tapuiwahine A12 landblocks, located 7 km south-west of Te Kūiti, on Mangatea Road. The principal hapū associated with Mōtiti marae are Ngāti Te Puta-i-te-muri, Ngāti Tauhunu, Ngāti Urunumia and Ngāti Kinohaku.The wharepuni are named Ko Te Hunga-iti and Te Hāpainga. The marae connects ancestrally to the Tainui waka, the maunga Kakepuku and Pirongia, the awa Mangapū and the tribal collective of Ngāti Maniapoto.Dr Maree SheehanDr Valance SmithAssociate Professor Maui HudsonDr Claudio Aguayo
Matakitenga projectProject commenced:Project completedPae TawhitiPātai Mauri
Our tūpuna were experts in reading tohu o te taiao to live more attuned with the environment and gather kai at the optimal times. Their understanding of their own local taiao is recorded and woven throughout kōrero tuku iho. The maramataka is an example of kōrero tuku iho which provides a uniquely Māori way to record, organise and understand ngā tohu o te taiao.Dr Isaac WarbrickDr Valance SmithRereata MakihaAllah WilliamsPairama Wood
Matakitenga projectProject commenced:Project completedRautaki KoungaPātai Te Ao Māori
This research is at the cutting-edge of expanding legal research theory, methodology and legal knowledge in the development of a bijural legal system in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2021, Te Kōti Whenua Māori initiated a new tikanga-based dispute resolution process, in response to amendments to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.Metiria Stanton Turei
Matakitenga project Research ProgrammeProject commenced:Project completedPae AhureiPae OraPae TawhitiPātai Mauri
This research programme will examine how we might envision an approach to placemaking that would result in outcomes that facilitate the expression of mātauranga Māori, tikanga, whānaungatanga and orangatanga in urban areas. The programme will do this by examining concrete innovations through a series of case studies. These examples will demonstrate the optimism that transformative urban activity brings in terms of the potential to redress the struggles of the past (Awatere et al. 2008; Harmsworth 2004).Professor Michelle Thompson FawcettDr Crystal OlinDr James BerghanDr Robin QuillDr Louise MarshDr Rebecca KiddleKiri WaldergraveWendy MooreDr Jeanette Wikaira
Matakitenga projectProject commenced:Project completedPae OraPātai Te Ao Māori
This project forms the first phase of a broader initiative to create guidelines to help direct Rainbow Organisations (RO) in ensuring their work is successful in supporting the long-term flourishing of rangatahi takatāpui.Dr Rāwiri TinirauDr Clive AspinMorgan TupaeaLogan HamlyCinnamon Lindsay LatimerDonna Tuwhangai
Doctoral ThesisProject commenced:Project completedPae TawhitiPātai Te Ao Māori
PhD Candidate: Stacey Ruru (Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Raukawa)
Primary Supervisor(s): Professor Chellie Spiller
Full projectProject commenced:Project completed
Tangi is the ultimate form of Māori cultural and community expression. Addressing the dearth of scholarly information, this study considers tangi practice, whakapapa, changing environments, community values, sharing knowledge, ritual and what it means to be Māori.Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora FRSNZ, HFNZPS
Full project Matakitenga project Research ProgrammeProject commenced:Project completedPae OraPae TawhitiPātai MauriPātai Whānau
Lead Researcher: Professor Chellie Spiller (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) University of Waikato
Professor Jarrod Haar (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngaati Mahuta) AUT University
Dr John Reid (Ngāti Pikiao, Tainui) University of Canterbury
Dr Jason Mika (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu) University of Waikato
Dr Matthew Rout, University of CanterburyProfessor Chellie SpillerProfessor Jarrod HaarDr John ReidDr Jason MikaDr Matthew RoutNgā Pae report 30 June 2022 FINAL.pdf
Matakitenga project Research ProgrammeProject commenced:Project completedPae AhureiPae OraPātai PuāwaiPātai Whānau
While the terms racism and equity are increasingly commonly used, action that meaningfully addresses racism and eliminates inequities is less common. This programme seeks to uncover how commitments to equity and ending racism are undermined, ‘non-performative’ or symbolic only, and how they may need to be reconfigured in the context of Aotearoa to align with rangatiratanga. Understandings of racism and (in)equity are strongly shaped by contextual factors and dominant, frequently changing discourses.Associate Professor Donna CormackDr Sara-Jane PaineProfessor Papaarangi ReidAssociate Professor Ricci HarrisDr Arama RataHana Burgess
Matakitenga projectProject commenced:Project completed
Currently, the New Zealand Education system is failing Māori in almost every measure of educational progression. A significant part of the problem is the lack of cultural competence of the non-Māori majority teacher workforce. Given the projections of increasing Māori and Pacifica student populations, there is a compelling need to address the paucity of resources to assist well-meaning teachers to develop cultural competence in te reo and tikanga Māori.