Kia Puawai Symposium 21 April 2022

The University of Canterbury Mauriora Platform Research Team, in conjunction with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is hosting a one-day, online symposium to celebrate the culmination of two and a half years research by the Te Rū Rangahau team

This is an open invitation to attend the Kia Puāwai – Māori Flourishing Symposium being held Thursday, 21 April 2022 from 09:00AM to 03:15PM

To register, follow the link:​

The programme drew on seminal and recent research on supporting Māori to flourish, particularly centred on sustainable paradigms within different organisations. It examined baseline data and research on the supports, barriers and tensions for Māori to flourish in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our research strategy navigated cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary teams in order to develop significant outputs that created flexibility and changed the lenses adopted for future research to ‘foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations’ (NPM, 2015). The strategy was to grow the skills and capabilities of emerging and mid-career researchers’ in original and high quality investigations and reporting. 


9.00am Mihi Whakatau (Formal welcome) – Dr Te Hurinui Clarke

9.15am Overview of Research Project: Practices of Sustenance - Collaborative exploration into the contours of wellness: Professor Angus Macfarlane

10.00am Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: Address by Dr Mohi Rua

10:15am New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner: Meng Foon

10.30am Short Break

10.50am Commentary by Dr Megan Woods (Minister of Housing, Energy and Resources, and Research, Science and Innovation) and Rino Tirikatene (MP for Te Tai Tonga)

11.10am Keynote Address: Professor Melinda Webber

12.00pm Presentation by Emerging Researcher: Marie Gibson

12.20pm Address: Executive Director Māori, Pacific and Equity: (TBC)

12.30pm Break for Lunch

1.00pm Panel Discussion: Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane, Hirone Waretini (NZ Police), Helen Leahy (Whānau Ora), Panapa Ehau (Rua Bioscience), and a Special Guest Dr Matiu Ratima will be the Panel Provocateur||

1.45pm Website Launch and Book Showcase: Website launch (Nathan Riki)

Kura Tapa Whā (Hayley Welch)

Living the Treaty (Emeritus Professor Ted Glynn)

Mana Whakatipu (Tā Mark Solomon)

Hikairo Schema Series (John Huria)

Ngā Hau e whā (Matiu Ratima and Catherine Montgomery)

3.00pm Closing Statements: Professor Gail Gillon

3.15pm Karakia

Māori Flourishing website:

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