NPM'S 2020-21 Summer Internship programme is about to start again with an outstanding group of aspiring emerging Māori researchers, working with our NPM Researchers all over the country and engaged in an exciting range of projects across our research themes.

With over 70 students applying for the coveted internships, our selection panel had an extremely difficult task in selecting the successful interns.

Three of the interns have been awarded NPM’s new and prestigious Named Summer Scholarships, which honour and recognise the contribution and commitment of three of our esteemed researchers and scholars who have contributed significantly to Māori leadership and scholarship; Professor Michael Walker, Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare and Professor Te Wharehuia Milroy.

The interns and supervisors will come together online throughout the summer programme, meeting as a national rōpu on a fortnightly basis to share and be inspired by the career stories, insights and experiences of notable senior Māori leaders and researchers.

We congratulate all the confirmed recipients, who will be working throughout the summer to deliver what are a series of highly anticipated research reports early in 2021.


Named Internship - Professor Michael Walker; Understanding a taonga species: He Kohinga Mātauranga, He Iti Pounamu

Ria Hodges (Ngāti Toa) Victoria University of Wellington

Supervisors: Dr Ocean Mercier & Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes, Victoria University of Wellington & Massey University


Named Internship - Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare; Whai Rawa Whai Ora: A tribute to Mānuka Hēnare’s vision for a healthy Māori wellbeing economy  

Moana Ellis (Kahungunu, Tūwharetoa, Uenuku) University of Canterbury

Supervisors: Dr Shaun Awatere & Professor Chellie Spiller, Manaaki Whenua & University of Waikato

Named Internship - Professor Wharehuia Milroy; Understanding, articulating and measuring the language shift at the micro-level    

Te Maiora Rurehe (Tūhoe, Te Arawa) University of Waikato

Supervisor: Dr Gianna Leoni, University of Otago



Taimana Iversen (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Whakaue) University of Auckland  

Project title: Short Histories from Te Ao Hurihuri

Supervisor: Associate Professor Aroha Harris, University of Auckland


Tamahina Sheridan (Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rangi, Ngā Rauru) Victoria University of Wellington

Project title: Whakamanu Research Project

Supervisors: Dr Rāwiri Tinrau, Meri Haami & Susan Wakefield, Te Atawhai o Te Ao

Matthew Wilson (Taranaki - Ngā Mahanga, Titahi) Massey University, Wellington 

Project title: Whakarauora Research Project

Supervisors:  Dr Rāwiri Tinrau & Meri Haami, Te Atawhai o Te Ao           


Reumah Horne (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa, Ngāi Te Rangi) University of Auckland  

Project title: Mairangitia te angitū: Māori role models and aspirations for the future – iwi perspectives  

Supervisor: Associate Professor Melinda Webber, University of Auckland          


Sequoia Short (Tainui) University of Otago

Project title: Creating Treaty-based Procurement Pathways

Supervisor: Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl, University of Otago


Waratah Taogaga (Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi) University of Auckland

Project title: Māori and Pasifika First in the Family doctoral students postgraduation and employment.

Supervisor: Dr Hinekura Smith, University of Auckland

Dawson Marama-Feagai (Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa) Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Project title: Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi

Supervisor: Dr Teah Carlson,  Massey University

Mona-Lisa Wareka (Ngātiwai, Ngāti Rereahu) University of Waikato   

Project title: Towards a Māori integrative framework for Aotearoa New Zealand

Supervisor: Ms Yvonne Taura, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Janine Copeland (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Te Whakatōhea, Te Arawa) Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Project title: Ko ahau te kēnge, ko te kēnge ahau. I am the gang and the gang is me. Māori identity within gangs and society’s acceptance of them

Supervisor: Ms Fiona Wiremu, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Ao Leach (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rīwai, Te Aitanga a Hauiti) University of Auckland

Project title: Reconsidering longitudinal data for whānau wellbeing interventions – a rangatahi perspective

Supervisor:  Dr Naomi Simmonds, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi  

Keziah Lawes (Kai Tahu, Taranaki) University of Otago

Project title: Wāhine Māori and Work

Supervisor: Dr Nimbus Staniland, Auckland University of Technology

Katie Lee Riddle (Rongowhakaata) University of Waikato   

Project title: Tools to enhance Indigenous Control of Indigenous Data - Traditional Knowledge Licenses

Supervisor: Associate Professor Maui Hudson, University of Waikato

Daysha Tonumaipea (Te Arawa) Auckland University of Technology

Project title: Mahi Tahi mo Te Hinonga: Indigenous Collaboration for Enterprise and the role of Indigenous Business Networks

Supervisor:  Associate Professor Ella Henry, Auckland University of Technology

Claudia Palmer (Te Rarawa me Te Aupо̄uri) Whitireia New Zealand    

Project title: Māori Audience and Engagement with Heritage

Supervisor: Dr Annemarie Gillies, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Louisa Donnell (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa) Te Wānanga o Raukawa    

Project title: Māori Heritage:  Developing an Iwi Heritage Plan

Supervisor: Dr Annemarie Gillies, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Victoria Maikuku (Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti TeAta) University of Waikato   

Project title: He taonga kē te ngahere

Supervisor: Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere, University of Waikato

Phoenix-Rose Mansell (Ngāti Awa) University of Canterbury      

Project title: Haumanu Hauora: Strengthening health institution Māori responsiveness to climate adaptation

Supervisor: Dr Trish Young, University of Waikato

Ben Shine (Ngāi Tahu) University of Otago    

Project title: E Tū Kahikatea: Developing psycho-cultural consciousness in the changeful world of rangatahi

Supervisor: Professor Angus Macfarlane, University of Canterbury


Kelsey Metcalfe  (Te Aupōuri) Unitec Institute of Technology

Project title: He tātai whetu ki te rangi, he rangatahi ki te kāinga: Rangatahi pathways to safe, secure and affordable homes.

Supervisor: Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan, Unitec Institute of Technology      


Aroha Dykes (Te Atihaunui-a- Paparangi, Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Uenuku) Unitec Institute of Technology

Project title: The impact of state violence on whānau has a direct correlation and to whānau violence and sexual violence

Supervisor: Ms Rihi Te Nana, Unitec Institute of Technology


Maia Nikora-Davis (Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kōnohi, Ngāti Raukawa) University of Auckland

Project title: Imagining trajectories for rangatiratanga – exploring rangatahi and tamariki Māori voices

Supervisor: Dr Sarah-Jane Paine, University of Auckland  


Fern Kumeroa (Ngāti Ruanui) Massey University Palmerston North   

Project title: Invertebrate species as key indicator of biodiversity on Taranaki Mounga 

Supervisors: Dr Simon Hills & Professor Doug Armstrong, Massey University  


Jonathan Pirini (Te Rarawa, Nga Puhi, Te Arawa) Victoria University of Wellington

Project title: Māori Jazz – the Aotearoa New Zealand experience and future horizons

Supervisor: Associate Professor Meegan Hall, Victoria University of Wellington    


Maia Te Hira (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāi Takoto) University of Auckland

Project title: Kāinga Rawa: Literature review of the Missing Middle Demographic for Ngāti Whātua Orākei

Supervisor: Irene Kereama-Royal, Unitec Institute of Technology         


Taonga Te Moni (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) University of Auckland

Project title: Mapping racism in the university environment

Supervisor: Dr Donna Cormack, University of Auckland      


Te Oranoa Matthews (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Ranginui) University of Auckland

Supervisor: Dr Donna Cormack, University of Auckland

Project title: Teaching into racialised spaces in the health sciences

Ruawhaitiri Mahue (Ngāti Porou) Waikato University

Project title: Te Whanaketanga o Te Aka

Supervisor: Dr Dean Mahuta, Auckland University of Technology


Briar Pomana (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Rongomaiwāhine) Auckland University of Technology

Project title: Tihei Mauri Moko - reclaiming and evolving tikanga around receiving and carrying moko kauwae

Supervisor: Dr Hinekura Smith, University of Auckland   


Ricco Niha (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hine) University of Auckland   

Project title: Understanding Māori cultural narratives of organ/tissue donation

Supervisor: Dr Karyn Paringatai, University of Otago      


Elizabeth Dewes (Ngāti Porou) Victoria University of Wellington

Project title: Raranga Tāngata, Oranga Tāngata – The provision and integration of Māori primary health care through a pandemic and beyond

Supervisor: Dr Lynne Russell, Victoria University of Wellington    

Congratulations again to all these students receiving a NPM Internship.  And our thanks to the researchers who will supervise, support and mentor. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

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