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.

Professor Tracey McIntosh

Tūhoe
Co-Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / University of Auckland

Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Te Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland, as well as being interim Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. She previously taught in the sociology and criminology programme at the University of Auckland. Tracey brings a high level of experience to her roles in international work, community development, student equity and in her wider contributions to the academic community.

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.

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.

Mike Hennessy

Media & Communications Advisor
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Mike has more than 20 years experience in the creative and business industries as a media and communications manager, producer, director, researcher, writer and oral historian. With a BSc & MCPA (Masters) from the University of Auckland, he has spent the past 15 years working on culture and heritage projects across the country. With a specialty in oral history interviewing and oral tradition filming & archiving, Mike has worked with both local and central government and has established close ties and connections throughout Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki, Te Arawa & Mātaatua.

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