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 questions for this NPM Platform Project are:

    Dr Farah Palmer
    Dr Carwyn Jones
    Professor Te Kani Kingi
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What are the mental health needs for rangatahi, what services are available to them, what are the gaps in rangatahi primary mental health care, and what are the potential innovations/strategies that would fill these gaps?

  • Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    The need for this project arises from a previous study conducted by MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB), which identified the following questions as essential:

    1.              What are the experiences of long-term conditions for tangata Māori?

    2.              What are the main support systems utilised by tangata Māori in the 'self-management' of their long-term conditions?

    3.              How can health and mental health services better address the holistic needs of tangata Māori with long-term conditions?

    Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The overarching research questions for this platform are:

    Dr Maria Bargh
    Tame Malcolm
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What current methods do Māori 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?

    Poverty within many Māori communities is perpetuated by low incomes, poor financial literacy and a lack of whānau role models who encourage saving. For change to occur, financial education, collaborative community efforts and radical behavioural shifts are required.

    Associate Professor Carla Anne Houkamau
    Taking Control_Māori Responses to Money, Wealth and Savings.pdf
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What are the bases for Māori enterprise collaboration? How do Māori activate Indigenous entrepreneurial capabilities for collaboration and what forms do Māori enterprise collaborations take?

    Dr Matthew Roskruge
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    This proposed research will undertake a co-generative process with our community and collaborating researchers to scope and develop specific research questions that would form the basis of individual applications to three funding bodies. However, our meetings to date have broader research questions that have been discussed so far include:

    Professor Angus Macfarlane
  • Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What are the implications of reclaiming and reviving the mātauranga associated with nga atua Māori and how does it contribute to reimagining the role of atua Māori in the modern world?

    How and why are atua Māori, and associated mātauranga, being referenced in different fields today? For example: Sport, recreation, and nutrition; Health and environmental sciences.

    What are recent examples of the application of mātauranga associated with atua Māori in teaching and research? For example: Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo; Dr Rangi Matamua's research in Māori Astronomy.

    Dr Dean Mahuta
  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What are the knowledge gaps pertaining to the impact of incarceration on whānau health and wellbeing, what is the nature and scope of current initiatives for whānau who have a family member incarcerated, and what are the barriers and challenges for whānau utilising current initiatives for these whānau members?

    Associate Professor Emma Wyeth
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    What does tikanga Māori mean in today’s context; how is tikanga Māori understood and practiced within iwi, hapū, whānau, marae and more broadly in our everyday practices and national institutions; and how can key Māori principles and practices such as wānanga, kaitiakitanga, hakairo Māori, and wairua Māori more holistically drive research, professional and daily practice?

    Professor Poia Rewi

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