• Ngāi Tahu
    Deputy Director

    Emma was a Deputy Director at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 2016 to 2018 and now leads a research project.  She is also the Director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit) and a Lecturer in Māori Health, both in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. 

  • Ngāti Kahungunu Ngāti Raukawa Ngāi Tahu

    Dr Ricci Harris (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician and Research Associate Professor at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare. She has research expertise in Māori health, epidemiology (including quantitative aspects of Kaupapa Māori research) and the investigation and elimination of ethnic health inequities in New Zealand.

  • Ngāi Tahu

    Tā Tīpene O’Regan was NPM's longest serving Board Chair before his retirement at the end of 2018, guiding the centre through 12 years of its operations. He is best known more widely for his role as Chairman of the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board leading the Ngāi Tahu Claim process before the Waitangi Tribunal culminating in the Ngāi Tahu Settlement. He served on the board for 22 years, and was chair for thirteen of those years. As the chief negotiator, Te Kerēme (the Ngāi Tahu Claim) was his main kaupapa.

  • Ngāti Waewae Ngāi Tahu
    School of Health Sciences

    Sonja’s research interest’s focus on the importance of culturally responsive, evidence based approaches in education, psychology, counselling, health and human development in order to enhance the social, cultural, educational and health outcomes that are achieved by Māori.

  • Ngāi Tahu Rangitāne
    Research Lead and Kahui Maori

    Katharina is a Senior Research Analyst and Researcher at the University of Otago. She uses a kaupapa Māori framework to focus on the translation of policy into practice for Māori. Her research is broad-ranging and includes Māori small and medium enterprises, Māori business innovation, Māori language, and Māori ‘social licence’ in the oil, gas and mining industries.

  • Ngāi Tahu

    John's fields of research include marine ecology, aquaculture and marine algae and his research interests centre around aquaculture.

    His disciplines include ecology, evolution and behaviour within marine ecological systems and he belongs to the Māori Research Advisory Group (MRAG) and Marine Ecology Research Group (MERG)

  • Ngāi Tahu Ngati Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
    Professor: Preventive and Social Medicine and Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences

    John is responsible for the integration of Hauora Māori/oranga niho in the curriculum of the undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery and the Bachelor of Oral Health. John is also the director of the Ngai Tahu Maori Research Unit within the Centre for Hauora Māori.  The Unit was established in 1996 as a partnership between Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu and the Dunedin School of Medicine.

  • Ngāi Tahu Ngāti Mamoe Waitaha
    Associate Dean (Māori) and Associate Professor of Māori Health

    Joanne is a public health medicine specialist with research interests in Māori health workforce development, Māori mental health, Māori child and youth health, hazardous drinking among tertiary students and health inequalities.

    Joanne has current research collaborations with the Injury Prevention Research Unit (Hazardous drinking project) and the New Zealand Mental Health Epidemiology Survey team.

  • Ngāi Tahu

    Angela’s research focuses on the intersections between gender, race and sexuality in colonial history, with a specific focus on the connections between race and intimacy within and across colonial cultures.

    Between 2010-2012 she was co-investigator, with Professor Judy Bennett, on an archival and oral history-based research project concerned with exploring the fate of children born of American servicemen and indigenous women in the South Pacific Command during World War II. This project has resulted in a book, a website, and a documentary film.

  • Ngāti Porou Ngāi Tahu Hawaiian Cook Islands Samoan

    Professor Tania Ka‘ai has worked in tertiary education for over 20 years. As an Indigenous scholar Professor Ka‘ai uses the cultural values transmitted to her by her elders and mentors as an epistemological framework which informs her own academic writing and teaching (including supervision) within the university academy.

    Her work as Director of Te Ipukarea and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura, provides an opportunity to share her knowledge not only with students and staff at AUT and others nationally, but internationally too.