• Raukawa Ngāti Ranginui Ngāti Maniapoto

    Jacinta Ruru is a 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.

  • 22PHD18

    Doctoral Thesis

    Project commenced:
    Project completed
    Pae Auaha
    Pātai Whānau

    PhD Candidate: Ella Ruth Newbold (Waikato, Ngāti Porou)

    Primary Supervisor(s): Professor Tahu Kukutai

  • 22PHD11

    Doctoral Thesis

    Project commenced:
    Project completed
    Pae Tawhiti
    Pātai Mauri

    PhD Candidate: Ms Emily Bain (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toarangatira)

    Primary Supervisor(s): Dr. Esther Willing

    It is well established that there are significant problems in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health and disability system, especially for Māori – largely due to the cultural differences between Māori and the biomedical system the New Zealand health system was modelled on.

  • 22PHD09

    Doctoral Thesis

    Project commenced:
    Project completed
    Pātai Te Ao Māori

    PhD Candidate: Mana Mitchell (Ngāti Maniapoto)

    Primary Supervisor(s): Dr Esther Willing

    Rapid developments in the fields of intergenerational trauma and indigenous health worldwide have posed novel ethical challenges and philosophical threats to indigenous communities. This, alongside an existing need to further support and protect Māori researchers, participants and academics, means that a more comprehensive understanding of Kaupapa Māori methodologies and ethical strategies has become increasingly necessary.

  • MAI ki Ōtākou

    Activities & Events

    • 2023 Feb 03 9:00 AM to 2023 Feb 06 5:00 PM

      Writing retreat (3 nights)

    • 2023 Jan 20 9:00 AM to 2023 Jan 23 5:00 PM

      Vaughan Park

    • 2022 Jul 08 10:00 AM to 2022 Jul 08 4:00 PM

      F2F & Online


      This blended online symposium is an opportunity to strengthen connections within your MAI site whānau and, together, to consider the wider impact and reach of our collective research to grow, nurture and support Indigenous research relations.

    • 2019 Nov 14 9:00 AM to 2019 Nov 17 5:00 PM

      Puketeraki Marae, North Otago

      In mid November, 87 Māori doctoral students from a broad range of disciplines came together from all over Aotearoa, along with some international Indigenous PhD students, to share their research in a Māori supported way.

    • 2019 Nov 14 9:00 AM to 2019 Nov 17 5:00 PM

      Puketeraki Marae, North Otago

      Join us for the annual National MAI Doctoral Conference, which will be held at Puketeraki Marae, North Otago, 14 -17 November 2019.

      MAI ki Otago, together with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, looks forward to hosting Māori postgraduate students from all over Aotearoa New Zealand for this premiere Māori graduate event.

    Open to all students in the Otago area (enrolment can be at any institution). The Coordinator is based at the University of Otago.

    For a list of events, services, links and contacts click here

  • Ngāi Tūhoe Ngāti Kahungunu
    Te Koronga Kaitiaki Kaupapa Manager
    School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences

    Mr Danny Poa is the Te Koronga Kaitiaki Kaupapa Manager at the University of Otago.

    Danny is also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.

  • Scoping project

    Project commenced:

    We have identified a set of questions relating to Māori restorative justice in the Aotearoa Justice system and its effectiveness for Māori:

    What are the barriers Māori face when they participate in restorative justice as it stands?
    What can we learn from the traditional ways of resolving conflict that could minimise these barriers?

  • Internship project

    Project commenced:

    This report has been prepared for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga as part of the summer internship programme 2018-2019. This project is titled Tangaroa Ara Rau: Whānau connections and Water Safety with a purpose to understand unique whānau connections to water and its benefit for water safety.

    Throughout the summer of 2018 Terina Raureti (Ngāti Raukawa) was given the opportunity to work alongside the waka club Hauteruruku ki Puketeraki and their Tūmai Ora initiative which focused on engaging rangatahi with their pepeha through waka.

  • Internship project

    Project commenced:

    This research report has been titled Rākau-nui as an acknowledgement to the full moon phase in the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). Rākau-nui also represents the collected journey to which this full report has been constructed from. The Maramataka is
    a repository of ancient and traditional knowledge orally handed down throughout the generations by our forebears to ensure the sustainability of a healthy environment and thus healthy people (Tawhai, 2013).

    The Maramataka is a system of phases which allow Māori to construct ways to interact with the environment.

  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    What does tikanga Māori mean in today’s context; how is tikanga Māori understood and practiced within iwi, hapū, whānau, marae and more broadly in our everyday practices and national institutions; and how can key Māori principles and practices such as wānanga, kaitiakitanga, hakairo Māori, and wairua Māori more holistically drive research, professional and daily practice?