Mauri Ora - Human Flourishing

Professor Tahu Kukutai

Ngāti Tīpā, Ngati Mahanga, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Ngawaero, Te Aupouri
Professor
University of Waikato

Dr Kukutai specialises in Māori and Indigenous population research and leads the NIDEA research programme Te Para One E Tū Mai Nei: Māori and indigenous futures.

Her research spans a broad range of population topics from iwi /tribal demography and indigenous data sovereignty, to Māori-migrant relations and the impacts of colonisation on Indigenous health. She has undertaken commissioned work for numerous iwi entities, Māori organisations, and government policy agencies.

Professor Margaret Mutu

Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whatua
Professor of Māori Studies
The University of Auckland

Margaret is Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland where she teaches and conducts research on Māori language, tikanga (law), history and traditions, rights and sovereignty, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and treaty claims against the English Crown, constitutional transformation and Māori-Chinese encounters.

Dr Lisa Te Morenga

Ngāti Whatua, Te Rarawa
Research Fellow
Department of Human Nutrition - University of Otago

Lisa Te Morenga is a Research Fellow in the Department of Human Nutrition and is affiliated with the Riddet Institute – a National Centre of Research Excellence in food science and nutrition. Lisa works closely with Professor Jim Mann and collaborates with researchers associated with the Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research at the University of Otago Medical School. Her PhD was on “the effects of macronutrient composition on risk of diabetes” in 2010, both at the University of Otago.

Dr Hauiti Hākopa

Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research and Enterprise - University of Otago

Hauiti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at Te Tumu - University of Otago and specialises in collecting information about waahi tapu, waahi tipuna (sacred|cultural/heritage|ancestral sites), oral narratives (moteatea - traditional songs/chants, korereo purakau - stories) and whakapapa (genealogies) embedded in ancestral landscapes and uses modern GIS mapping technology to enhance this process.

Associate Professor Linda Te Aho

Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Waikato-Tainui
Associate Dean Māori at Te Piringa Faculty of Law
University of Waikato

Linda is the Associate Dean Māori at Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, and is co-editor of the Waikato Law Review. In 2014, Linda was appointed to provide expert technical advice on the proposed reforms to Te Ture Whenua Māori 1993 (the Māori Land Act).

In 2015, Linda was contracted to provide advice on the proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act.  She was appointed by her iwi of Waikato-Tainui as a guardian mandated under the 2010 settlement for the co-management of the Waikato River ecosystem to develop the long term vision for its holistic restoration.

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