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.

Daniel Patrick

Kaiwhakahaere Matua: Executive Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Daniel is the Executive Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and has been since 2011. He directs and plans the entire Centre’s business activities, including contracting, financial operations, resources planning, risk management, systems and performance measures and manages the Centre's investment portfolios.

Dr Hinekura Smith

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa
Emerging Researchers' Leader
The University of Auckland

Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa) is NPM's Emerging Researchers’ Leader, providing further national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and developing and nurturing initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capacity Strategy.

Dr Ocean Mercier

Ngāti Porou
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University of Wellington

Ocean’s teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts and using novel digital technologies. She co-leads a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa. Her research also involves kaupapa Māori reading of films. She is the presenter of Māori Television's Project Mātauranga and presents for TVNZ’s Coast.

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu
Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre
Massey University

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes is based out of Massey University and is currently Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre. She has worked on research in many areas; more recently relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, alcohol and youth well-being and identity.

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