The 2016 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards were held on Wednesday 17 August at Parliament, and NPM's two Co-Directors were both honoured individually for their outstanding body of work and sustained excellence in tertiary teaching.

The awards, which are administered by Ako Aotearoa, celebrate New Zealand’s finest tertiary teachers - as recognised by their organisations, colleagues, students and broader communities. 

Professor Jacinta Ruru and Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh were this years individual recipients of the Kaupapa Māori Category.

This year, at NPM's International Indigenous Research Conference we are holding our first Indigenous 3-Minute Thesis Competition (link here to conference site).

Entries are now open to research masters and confirmed doctoral candidates undertaking Indigenous focused research at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

Doctoral and masters candidates whose theses are under examination by the date of their first presentation are eligible to compete. (note: graduates are not eligible)

NPM recently announced its intention to develop, seed and scope new research which falls within its research themes - and submissions for this fund are now open.

Our goal with this opportunity, is to contribute to the centres outcomes and vision via a small contestable fund, and to develop new research projects that have transformative potential. 

NPM is holding a series of virtual online hui over the next two weeks - highlighting our new contestable fund for research funding.

The Kia Tō Kia Tipu award, will seed new research, providing funding to the initial project research stages of up to $25,000 for no more than one year duration. The Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama award, is designed to scope an actual research project, and will provide funding of up to $60,000 for no more than one year duration.

Over the first six months of 2016, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has distributed grants and awards totalling more than $250,000 to almost 30 Māori researchers from around the country.

These grants and awards are designed to build capability and expand capacity in our wider network, offering opportunities for researchers to engage in new project research, advance their careers and expertise, and deliver real outcomes for their communities.

On Tuesday 5 July, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (TTWh) and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with an important and unique celebration at Waipapa Marae.

Recent recipients of the ‘Kia Ita’ Scholarships, which support the growth and advancement of Māori language researchers, were presented with their awards and  each of them provided a short outline of their projects and research. 

Tihei Mauri Ora

Whāia ngā pae o te māramatanga
Ko te pae tawhiti, whāia kia tata
Ko te pae tata, whakamaua kia tinā
E puta ai ki te whaiao, ki te ao mārama!

Search in the innermost recesses of the intellect
To seek new knowledge as yet unexplored
As the past is purchased by the present
And the future is the goal of tomorrow

NPM and Fulbright New Zealand have established an enduring and successful partnership in recent years.

This relationship has created ongoing opportunities for Māori academics and students to study and experience life in the United States, not only building excellence in Māori research and development but also ensuring that Māori recipients can share their culture with their US contemporaries and contribute to the Fulbright programme’s vision of promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges.

The Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries are currently seeking Cabinet’s agreement to adopt a bottom line position that nobody owns freshwater and that there should be no national settlement favouring iwi/hapū over other users.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence cautions Cabinet against adopting this advice.