NPM Research Leadership Team

Professor Jacinta Ruru

Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto
Co-Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / University of Otago

Jacinta Ruru is co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and Professor of Law at the University of Otago. Her research has focused on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries.

Professor Jenny Bol Jun Lee-Morgan

Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Te Ahiwaru
Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka Unitec

Dr Lee-Morgan is Professor of Māori Research and founding Director of Ngā Wai a te Tui Māori Research Centre, Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka Unitec. Initially a secondary school teacher, she became a teacher educator and kaupapa Māori researcher in education with a focus on Maori pedagogy and methodology.

Associate Professor Te Taka Keegan

Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whakaue
Associate Dean Māori
University of Waikato

Associate Professor Keegan is a trailblazing academic based in the Computer Science Department, University of Waikato and is the Associate Dean Māori for Te Wānanga Pūtaiao (Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Sciences) with postgraduate degrees in computer engineering and te reo Māori. His research focuses on traditional navigation, Māori language technologies, Indigenous language interfaces, and use of te reo in a technological environment.

Professor Tahu Kukutai

Ngāti Tiipā, Ngāti Kinohaku, Te Aupouri, Ngati Mahanga
University of Waikato

Tahu Kukutai is Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, The University of Waikato. She specialises in Māori and Indigenous population research and has written extensively on issues of Māori population change, official statistics, and ethnic and racial classification. Tahu is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

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