• Matt works on indigenous socio-economic development and environmental sustainability initiatives and projects with a focus on applied outcomes through theoretical synthesis. He has a particular interest in how philosophical insights from ontology and epistemology can be used in practical ways to aid indigenous development.

    • Indigenous and modernist ontology and epistemology
    • Institutional economics
    • Postcolonial psychology
    • Settler colonisation
    • Sustainable development
  • MAI ki Waitaha

    Te Punenga is the name given for the Māori Postgraduate programme offered at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC). This name was chosen in 2015 because the word Punenga reflects the level of study our ākonga Māori postgraduates. Te Punenga are to encourage whakawhanaungatanga between ākonga, and enhance your academic skills, and support your personal development needs.

  • Kai Tahu
    Head of School, Māui Lab Co-Director
    Aotahi - School of Māori & Indigenous Studies

    Sacha brings a serial entrepreneur’s approach to working with and for Iwi Māori. From instigating United Nations proceedings to architecting a Māori social enterprise fund and leading commercial negotiations, she is known for solution-building that meets Iwi Māori aspirations.
    Before coming to UC, Sacha was the director of a boutique consultancy working with Iwi Māori in strategy development, kaupapa Māori asset management and innovation and the General Manager Strategy and influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, responsible for government relations on behalf of the Iwi.

  • Internship project

    Project commenced:

    Intern: Hana Skerrett-White

    Supervisor: Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

    University of Canterbury


  • 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.

  • Full project

    Project commenced:
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    This proposed research will undertake a co-generative process with our community and collaborating researchers to scope and develop specific research questions that would form the basis of individual applications to three funding bodies. However, our meetings to date have broader research questions that have been discussed so far include:

  • 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)

  • Senior Research Fellow

    John is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury’s Ngai Tahu Research Centre. He is a specialist in leading and developing multi-disciplinary research and development programmes focused on addressing interrelated social, economic, and environmental problems.

    His research explores the way in which Indigenous and Western cultures shape identity, sense of place, and approaches to social and economic development.

  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    What do alternative models to tribal corporations look like for iwi and hapū development?

    A wealth of historical narratives provide alternative examples of successful tribal economic development and management practices that have existed in the past. However, the last two decades have seen the emergence of a commercially successful corporate-beneficiary model in which the majority of Treaty of Waitangi settlement assets have become centralised within corporate structures.