Join delegates from the science, business, iwi and government communities at the Transit of Venus Forum to hear some of New Zealand’s leading thinkers advance Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision for New Zealand – a place where talent wants to live – a community that is prosperous and inclusive. Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Professor Charles Royal is one of the speakers.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and GNS Science are delighted to present “Rūaumoko What Lies Beneath” a premier information sharing and networking platform for the amalgamation of Māori Knowledge, western sciences and research. Admission is free.

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Māori researchers have created exciting ways to approach and carry out research over the past 25 years. Early new research methods were underpinned by Māori cosmology and mātauranga, and these approaches are still in use today. However, Māori researchers continue to redefine methodological spaces, and the overarching concept of mātauranga Māori is often supported by methods specific to hapū knowledge. Within this framework, researchers have developed approaches to work appropriately and engage effectively with Māori communities.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is holding a national colloquium on April 5th 2012 to discuss Māori and social issues research and policy needs and priorities, and the contribution research may make to address these issues. Speakers include Hon. Dr Pita Sharples, Dr Tracey McIntosh and leading researchers on Māori social issues.

In 2009 Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development (WRMHD) in association with Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority and the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) began a two year project. Its aims were first, to determine if the concept of resilience described in Western academic literature holds resonance in Māori primary health approaches, and second, to determine in what ways whānau resilience is supported and enhanced by Māori primary health care services.

The many works of esteemed Māori scholar, the late Dr Pei te Hurunui Jones, have provided the catalyst for this research into the management, conservation, care and display of mātauranga Māori in a digital context. The research team has tackled a range of complex issues related to the digitisation of indigenous material and mātauranga Māori in this project and aim to produce an accessible digital library in a form that is practical and searchable by the general public.

A critical challenge facing Māori development is the challenge and opportunity of distinctiveness. What in particular can the Māori world bring to enhance New Zealand generally? This question will underpin the forthcoming Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, Professor of Indigenous Development (Faculty of Arts) and Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by The University of Auckland.

The August issue of MAI Review is available at It contains a mix of articles, reflections and poetry.

Dr Daniel Hikuroa, a world leader in the integration of indigenous knowledge and science, has been appointed Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by The University of Auckland.