• Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What values do Māori use to shape their views around the use of bio-control agents to control both exotic and Indigenous species and to values, and how to they assign risk posed by the introduction of a bio-control agent and when is it deemed unacceptable?

  • Internship project

    Project commenced:

    Intern: Jovan Mokaraka-Harris

    Supervisor: Wendy Henwood

    SHORE & Whariki Reseach Centre

    College of Health, Massey University

    This summer internship project uses Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS – ‘drone’) technologies to record images within the Tapuwae block. The purpose of this research is to examine future possibilities of cultural mapping, observe environmental links and monitoring environmental change.

  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The overarching research questions for this platform are:

  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The research question for this platform project are:

  • Full project

    Project commenced:


    What digital platforms could support a collective approach to Te Tai Ao?
    How could this be managed; practically and using what protocols?

    What are the potential uses and benefits of these platforms locally, nationally and internationally?
    What are the potential Te Tai Ao future needs of iwi/hapū that need to be addressed in the digital platform considerations?
    What opportunities are there for Indigenous digital solution platform that can be developed and implemented in communities?


  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    How can the synthesis of kaitiakitanga and green polymer science enhance and protect the mauri of water in Aotearoa?

    How can innovative polymer technologies protect and improve the mauri, wairua and kaitiakitanga of water in rural Māori communities?

    This project will conduct research into the impacts from septic tank seepage. This problem is both out-of-sight and out-of-mind but has a major impact in rural and coastal locations where traditionally, Māori have located their mahinga kai, sourced kai moana and accessed fresh water.

  • Waikato-Ngāti Maniapoto
    Senior Research Fellow
    James Henare Māori Research Centre

    Marama holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Auckland. She is a Senior Research Fellow and Acting Director at the James Henare Māori Research Centre. Marama also advises on elderly health projects in the School of Population Health.

  • Ngāti Porou Te Arawa Te Ātiawa Ngāti Raukawa Ngāti Tūwharetoa
    Māori Research Manager
    Bio-Protection Research Centre

    Melanie is an Indigenous environmental sociologist, and the Māori Research Manager – Kaiārahi for the Bio-Protection Research Centre (a Centre of Research Excellence) based at Lincoln University.

  • Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What are the cultural, ethical, research, legal and scientific (CERLS) issues that are inherent in research on rongoā Māori plants and healing?

    Debate about the misappropriation of information and knowledge in research means that greater care and attention is needed regarding Māori input and participation into research. This is even more important in the area of Rongoā Māori where matters such as inappropriate usage, intellectual property rights and commercialisation of information are of significant concern.

  • Ngāti Porou
    Senior Lecturer
    Te Kawa a Māui

    Ocean’s teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts and using novel digital technologies. She co-leads a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa. Her research also involves kaupapa Māori reading of films. She is the presenter of Māori Television's Project Mātauranga and presents for TVNZ’s Coast.