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?

This project will drive adeeper understanding of and contemporary relevance for tikanga Māori that underpins Te Ao Māori (including the realms of whai rawa, te tai ao and mauri ora) by incorporating Māori cultural values and principles. By doing this the project researchers are developing methods to share better understandings of tikanga Māori in practice and advance a deeper appreciation of tikanga Māori for and by the nation.

Project commenced:

Research Lead(s) and Team

Ngāti Manawa Tūhoe Te Arawa

Professor Poia Rewi is currently Chief Executive of Te Mātāwai. He was peviously Dean of Te Tumu (School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies), the University of Otago. His main areas of research and teaching, and community engagement involve the Māori language, Māori culture, education and performing arts. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the three-year Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Pae Tawhiti initiative on Te Reo Māori.