Horizons of Insight Seminar - June

This seminar explores Māori concepts of resilience. It draws from an existing research project and is based on reviews of literature, targeted case studies, presentations and interviews with key informants. It presents a framework for considering the cultural aspects of resilience and how these might be nurtured and promoted within and throughout whānau.


Te Kani Kingi is Director of Te Mata o te Tau, The Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship at Massey University in Wellington. His specialist interests are in mental health research, psychometrics and Māori health. He has been an executive member of the New Zealand Public Health Association, the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, the National Ethics Advisory Committee, the National Health Committee and the Public Health Advisory Committee. He currently sits on Statistics New Zealand’s Māori Advisory Group, the Pharmacy Council and is Chair of the Mental Health Commission’s Advisory Board. He was born and raised in Poroporo and attended St Stephens Māori Boys College in South Auckland. He has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Awa and Ngāi Tai.

Jordan Waiti is a PhD candidate with Te Pūmanawa Hauora, a Māori health research unit at Massey University in Wellington. He has a longstanding interest in Māori research, especially physical education and health. He is a lead investigator on the Whānau Resilience project and has developed an innovative framework through which Māori notions of resilience might be considered, nurtured and promoted. Light refreshments will be served after the seminar.