The Ako Aotearoa national tertiary teaching excellence awards were held at Parliament 10 September 2018, and two NPM researchers were recognised and honoured, together with other teaching practitioners from around the country.
Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett from the Department of Geography at the University of Otago and Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare from the University of Auckland Business School both received sustained excellence awards in the kaupapa Māori category.
NPM recently acknowledged a decision of the High Court to overturn an application to mine iron sands from the South Taranaki seabed.
NPM researchers worked closely with one of the iwi opposed to this mining, Ngā Rauru, including as part of a NPM funded research project in 2014 Māori Engagement in New Zealand’s Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions.
The NPM conference this year includes a new Indigenous Arts and Performance theme Ka Haka II, led by one of our research partners Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
AUT is our host venue for IIRC18 pre-conference workshops being held on Monday 12 November and features the Ka Haka II launch that evening which will be filled with a range of diverse and contemporary performances.
There will also be Ka Haka elements, presentations and lunchtime performances throughout the conference week.
The theme for this years 8th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC18) is “Indigenous Futures”, and in 2018 keynotes are being delivered by Dr Chelsea Bond (Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman), Dr Marie Delorme (Métis, Canada), Professor Charles Menzies (First Nations, Canada, Member of Gitxaala Nation), 'Aulani Wilhelm (Hawaiian), Professor Poia Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) and Ka Haka II special guest keynote Maree Sheehan (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato).
Professor Poia Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) has been appointed Deputy Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 1 July 2018 - 31 December 2020.
Poia is Dean of Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, University of Otago, and a NPM Principal Investigator who has extensive research expertise in Indigenous language revitalisation, te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, Māori oratory, Māori performing arts and Māori history.
At the half way point of our current Centre of Research Excellence contract, we farewelled from the Research Leadership Team Drs' James Ataria (Lincoln University) and Emma Wyeth (University of Otago) who have completed their roles of Co-Deputy Director for NPM, since 2016 for a term of two and half years.
For students interested in getting some real research experience, and working with senior NPM researchers over the coming 2018-2019 summer, our internship programme is intended to provide experience and support for Māori students wanting to pursue a career in research.
Selected Interns will work under the direction and guidance of an NPM Investigator on a research project aligned to our research themes and programme.