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Support for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - NZ's only Māori Centre of Research Excellence

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Started by Moana Timoko 31 Mar 2014 10:06pm () Replies (5)

I make no apology for the length of this discussion post entry.  

Have a read, have a think. Have a watch, have a think.  Decide if you support Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.  If you do comment below and share some ideas about how we can offer further support.

Digital Technologies have been utilised to spread information about what's going on.  Associate Professor Leonie Pihama speaks about the power of Blogging and use of Social Media to spread the word - Why? Because our people care, and are willing to put their name to a support.  

The link to her video post is here: The Value and Future of Māori Research

Please note that the information below has been copied directly from the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga website here:

Outcome of National Workshop - The value and future of Māori Research

To find out more visit the links provided.

Date:  Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Waipapa Marae
16 Wynyard Street
University of Auckland

The value and future of Māori research in New Zealand was the subject of a national workshop at the University of Auckland last week.

The workshop was held following the Government’s shock decision to terminate funding for New Zealand’s only Māori Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM). Over 200 people gathered; senior community leaders, community representatives, senior researchers and academics, and politicians to discuss the value and consider the future of Māori research. Māori research in this context refers to research driven by Māori communities concerning these needs and opportunities –with high Māori involvement, underpinned by but not exclusively utilising Māori knowledge, methodologies and approaches.

Speakers included Board Chair, Sir Tipene O’Regan, Professor Sir Mason Durie, Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi, Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, and Professor Charles Royal who all spoke of the need for Māori research and its benefits to Māori communities. Dr Marama Muru Lanning, Tiopira McDowell and Natalie Coates spoke of their experiences as students who were supported by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. In the case of Ms Coates, she completed a Master in Laws at the Harvard University Law school supported by a Fulbright NZ award funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Māori Party and Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira.

The value of this research is to create new knowledge, new understandings, new theories about questions while using Māori principles, distinct approaches and methods and a dual knowledge systems perspective that provides a unique, more relevant and robust knowledge and answers to needs and opportunities facing Māori communities and thus the nation. Accordingly, the goals of Māori research are national goals.
NPM is considered internationally as the benchmark Indigenous Development Research Centre, therefore New Zealand is recognised as a world leader in indigenous research and affairs.

The academic and Māori research community and its stakeholders, including Minsters, Iwi authorities and communities themselves will not and are not allowing Māori research to step back. It is the right of Māori and New Zealand for Māori to establish their research needs and unique robust benefit from research that involves and is relevant to them and national goals.

It was unanimously asserted there is NO compromise – Māori research must and will be funded. The workshop discussed strategies and options to ensure this, including: a judicial review of the Royal Society of NZ assessment process, resulting in the decision to not to fund NPM post 2015; filing a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal as the action of not supporting Māori research is a breach of the treaty; and establishing a separate national institute that is permanently supported and funded. Investment in Māori research, not that just on Māori or with relevance to Māori, but Māori led research, is minimal compared to other areas and a permanently funded Māori research entity must be established.

Key Point Summary

  • Maori communities are critically important to the future of NZ.
  • The goals of Māori communities are therefore equally NZ national goals.
  • Accordingly, the future of Māori research is inextricably linked to the future of New Zealand.
  • We are on the cusp of a new era of development.
  • The challenges we face are complex. Focus is required to gain clarity from the complexity and some specific challenges include:
    • Construction of a model of development where economic, social, cultural and environmental priorities can be identified and integrated into a holistic framework which accords with Iwi and Māori aspirations, contemporary realities, the national good, and global trends.
    • Ensuring that Māori leadership is able to make wise decisions based on community priorities and information derived from mātauranga Māori and other relevant systems of knowledge
    • Creating opportunities where Māori can flourish as Māori and to link programmes and policies with best possible outcomes for Māori and for Aotearoa
    • Research is integral to realising those challenges and the opportunities
    • Maori research is also critical to ensure the success and achievement of Māori in higher education and scholarship, providing the basis for future Māori research and leadership.

To view the full videos of this hui please visit http://mediacentre.maramatanga.ac.nz/content/future_maori_research_2014

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is a Centre of Research Excellence consisting of 16 participating research entities and hosted by the University of Auckland. NPM conducts research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. Its research is underpinned by the vision to realise the creative potential of Māori communities and to bring about positive change and transformation in the nation and wider world. Visit www.maramatanga.ac.nz


  • Phoebe Davis (View all users posts) 31 Mar 2014 10:13pm ()

    Yay !!!

    It was unanimously asserted there is NO compromise – Māori research must

    and will be funded


    What do we do as individuals as Māori Educationist to support Te Pae Maramatanga Māori Research ????


  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 31 Mar 2014 11:07pm ()

    Taking Action - What you can do to support Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - Check out the Blog post here:

    Te Wharepora Hou

  • Wharehoka Wano (View all users posts) 01 Apr 2014 1:17pm ()

    Māori research continues to be under valued but as tribal people we need to look how we support our researchers so our stories are being told accurately. Post settlement we should be resourcing our researchers and not relying on funding public or private (though they should be as well). Kia māia Ngā Pae o te Māramantanga

  • Nane (View all users posts) 01 Apr 2014 1:31pm ()

    Kia ora Moana, thank you for bring this to our attention.  This is such an important topic for us to think about and think about again. For me there are huge consequences in terms of our place in society and beyond. We never tend to think about this because we take so much for granted and accept that as being the ‘norm’.  

    I took the time to listen to two of the key speaker’s one of which Sir Mason Durie gave an academic perspective on the past and future. He highlights 30 years of the changing approach to Maori development starting at the mid-80s. An important piece of research at the time carried out by The Maori Women’s Welfare investigated the health of Māori women using a Māori framework to analyse data. Durie felt that at the time this signalled a new era of Maori development and three key hui followed. The first being Hui Whakaroranga (Maori health), the second Hui mo Waitangi, and the third Hui Taumata (Maori economic summit). Durie pointed out that all three hui had something in common.  Self-determination, self-management, Māori values, Māori worldviews, and the relationships between Māori and society.  

    Durie then discussed the future challenges for Māori development and provides solutions to how those challenges can be met and the important role that Ngā Pae Māramatanga (NPM) makes in its contribution to Māori development. Durie envisage by 2024 a Māori Research Institute be developed that would amongst other features foster and build on NPM research and add value to the NZ’s research communities and society at large. The important benefits of this institution would build closer relationships with its Māori communities, have a distinctive approach that is Māori, building and learning from each other in this environment, and amongst others the institution has the potential to become a global leader for indigenous research.

    So what can you do to support NPM? The key speakers provide a critical analysis of the thinking behind such a decision to stop the funding by 2015 but they also provide a way forward. I think to support NPM we have to think about the distinct advantages and added value NPM brings to our society as many of the speakers have highlighted and to continue to have these discussions in ways that would reach the wider communities and their groups. Bringing something like this to the forefront particularly in an election year can have its benefits.

    kia kaha Ngā Pae Māramatanga.

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