Our Research

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.

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    Doctoral Thesis

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    Pae Tawhiti
    Pātai Puāwai

    PhD Candidate: Ashlea Gillon (Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāiterangi)

    Primary Supervisor(s): Professor Tracey McIntosh

    How do fat Indigenous wāhine experience and enact body sovereignty (as resistance) within systems of oppression? AKA What does body sovereignty mean to you?

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    Doctoral Thesis

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    Pae Tawhiti
    Pātai Te Ao Māori

    PhD Candidate: Kahurangi Rora Waititi (Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngai Tahu)

    Primary Supervisor(s): Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

    This research looks at how mahinga toi as process, theory and output contribute to whānau, hapū and iwi oranga and mana motuhake. This is explored through my iwi of Te Whanau a Apanui who have a strong history of tribal storytellers, that have led to our contemporary kaitoi and kaitito. One of the primary questions was how does mahinga toi contribute to oranga of whānau, hapū and iwi?

  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

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    Kia ū ki tau kawai whakapapa, kia matau ai, ko wai koe, e anga atu koe ki hea – Take ahold of your ancestral stem, so that you might know, who you are, and what direction you're going in.
    Can virtual reality technology promote engagement with the taiao and can we create research methods to assess the impact of virtual reality engagement with the taiao on rangatahi wellbeing?

    Dr Anne-Marie Jackson
  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

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    What mātauranga exists that can support our flora for their continued existence as taonga and how can Māori build their response capability to biological threats on taonga plant species?

  • Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

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    What is the current state of knowledge on wairua, pregnancy and birthing, what are the key initia-tives and opportunities for collaborative research pro-jects, and who are the key stakeholders in this area?

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    How do we collectivise what we have for greater gain? How can we best create sustainable new te reo me ngā tikanga narrative led research to refresh, renew and recover te reo me ngā tikanga knowledge narratives and scholarships and support reo speaking communities and scholars and what national and institutional strategies are required to truly enable te reo me ngā tikanga-led research?

    Professor Poia Rewi
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    The research question for this platform project are:

    Dr Anne-Marie Jackson
    Dr Ocean Mercier
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    The theory of value research platform is concerned with considering:

    Dr Kiri Dell
    Dr Jamie Newth
    Dr Jason Paul Mika
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    What digital platforms could support a collective approach to Te Tai Ao?
    How could this be managed; practically and using what protocols?

    What are the potential uses and benefits of these platforms locally, nationally and internationally?
    What are the potential Te Tai Ao future needs of iwi/hapū that need to be addressed in the digital platform considerations?
    What opportunities are there for Indigenous digital solution platform that can be developed and implemented in communities?

     

    Dr Hauiti Hākopa
    Dr Acushla Dee Sciasia
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

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    What current methods do Māori (particularly those on low incomes and/or living in conditions of poverty) use to manage money?

    What financial products and services are likely to be effective for Māori and how might these be successfully implemented?

    What support can Māori organisations (including iwi) and the government provide to increase whānau financial literacy and savings?

    Associate Professor Carla Anne Houkamau

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