NPM Staff

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.

Wiremu Meha

Te Aitanga ā Māhaki, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne; Te Roroa, Te Aupouri
Journal and Publications Coordinator
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Wiremu coordinates the publication processes of AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, as well as contributing to other publishing projects at Ngā Pāe o te Māramatanga.

Wi holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Brigham Young University–Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Human Biology from the University of Auckland.  He also holds a Diploma in Applied Science (Animal Biology) from the University of Waikato, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Auckland.

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.

Paora Sharples

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
Kaihautu Tikanga
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Paora is Kaihautu Tikanga (Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori leader) at NPM and also a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Māori Studies, University of Auckland where he lectures in Kapahaka, Traditional & Contemporary Māori Performing Arts and Te Reo Māori. 

He has had a significant career in kapahaka as well as traditional and contemporary Māori performing arts, including areas of performing, teaching/training, directing, judging as well as choreography and composition within this indigenous genre of dance.

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