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.

  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The overarching research platform questions include:

    Dr Shaun Awatere
    Dr John Pirker
  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    How can local tangata whenua be empowered to make the best decisions for sustainable management of Northland’s brown kiwi, and how can the isolated kiwi populations from Ipipiri (Eastern Bay of Islands) be managed to maintain local whakapapa and reduce the negative impact of small population sizes and inbreeding?

    Dr Simon Hills
  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    Is harakeke one key to a sustainable future for Aotearoa and, if it is, how do we utilise it to develop this sustainable future?

    Dr Simon Hills
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    In this platform research, our focus makes the distinction between ‘kai’ as a culturally defined Māori notion and western interpretations of ‘food’. “He moumou kai, he moumou tāngata” describes a state where our existence and futures as healthy Māori people (Mauri Ora: Human Flourishing) are put at risk because our kai sources (Te Tai Ao: The Natural Environment), including access to kai, growing kai, preparing kai, the lore/law pertaining to kai, and control of kai systems (Whai Rawa: Māori Economies) is diminishing.  Without kai or wai the people will perish! 

    Dr Rāwiri Tinirau
    Fiona Wiremu
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    This NPM Platform Project is building an understanding on how to build stronger, more connected iwi, through enhancing engagement with Māori governance entities.

    In Phase 1 of the research, we are exploring the approaches used by Māori governance entities to ask: how do Māori governance entities engage members regardless of where they’re living?

    Dr Arama Rata
    Dr Adreanne Ormond
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    This project explores the role that enterprise plays in indigenous self-determination. In New Zealand, we have chosen to examine Māori business networks (MBNs), which we argue are a manifestation of this struggle, but suffer from the absence of a sustainable business model. Our research question is, 'what is the role of Māori business networks in Māori self-determination and sustainable economic development'?

    Dr Ella Henry
  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What Māori-focused research has been undertaken in the field of speech-language therapy, what does this research tell us about the speech-language therapy needs of Māori, and what evidence is there in the broader health and education sectors for ways to address any inequities or problems with speech-language therapy service provision for Māori?

  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    What existing research, collation, archivingand disseminating of knowledge specific to te reo me ngā tikanga Māori has been done to date across Aotearoa New Zealand within Māori communities, government agencies, and research institutions’, what additional strategies can be used to further support the normalising of te reo me ngā tikanga in the modern world to create communities of practice; and how can iwi, hapū, whānau and marae be further empowered to advance te reo me ngā tikanga, including to share and communicate knowledge effectively with one another?

    Professor Poia Rewi
  • Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

     

    How will tikanga Māori empower the evaluation of the experience of Māori whānau in crisis to measure the performance of the Government’s new obligations in law to Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

    Our longterm objective is to bring new evaluative knowledge to empower the mana of whānau in crisis. 

    Māori have clearly and consistently stressed that a Māori child’s wellbeing is inherently linked to their place within, and connection to, whānau, hapū and iwi.

    Khylee Quince
    Dr Amohia Boulton
    Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ
    Ms Tania Williams
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The overarching questions for this NPM Platform Project are:

    Professor Angus Macfarlane
    Dr Tia Neha
    Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane

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