In this publication of firsts, 24 Māori preeminent scholars bravely share their personal journeys, revealing what being Māori has meant for them in their academic careers. Their perspectives provide insight for all New Zealanders into how mātaurang knowledge – is positively influencing the Western-dominated learning disciplines.
‘It is a shameful fact,’ says co-editor Jacinta Ruru in her introduction to Ngā Kete Mātauranga, ‘that in 2020, only about five percent of academic staff at universities in Aotearoa New Zealand are Māori.’
‘The book demonstrates the power, energy and diversity that can be brought out into the world by Māori scholars working both comfortably and uncomfortably from within, without and across diverse academic disciplines and mātauranga Māori.’ – Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Not only a celebration of all knowledges in Aotearoa NZ, this book is also a greater call to action to create positive transformative change for our nation.
JACINTA RURU (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) is a professor of law at the University of Otago and co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her extensive research considers Indigenous people’s rights, interests and responsibilities to own and care for lands and waters. She seeks to disrupt colonial legal norms and inspire a more just legal system. She has multidisciplinary research collaborations around the world, including as co-author of Discovering Indigenous Lands: The doctrine of discovery in the English colonies (Oxford University Press, 2010). She has won awards for teaching, research and graduate supervision.
LINDA WAIMARIE NIKORA (Tūhoe, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti) is a professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Auckland and co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Her specialty interest is in the development of Indigenous psychologies to serve the interests and aspirations of Māori and Indigenous peoples. She has been involved in research about Māori flourishing; tangi and Māori ways of mourning; traditional body modification; ethnic status as a stressor; Māori identity development; cultural safety and competence; Māori mental health and recovery; social and economic determinants of health; homelessness; relational health and social connectedness.