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Māui Tikitiki a Tāranga inspires Māui Hudson’s research journey - Mātau Taiao

Nov 30, 2021

Māui Hudson says the characteristics of his namesake, the Māori diety Māui Tikitiki a Tāranga, enables and inspires him to confidently walk into new spaces of research. He hails from Te Whakatōhea, Ngāruahine and Ngāpuhi. Māui is a trained physiotherapist but is well-known for his leadership in creating guidelines and principles to safeguard mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) across various research disciplines including genomics. The associate professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the Waikato University is an interdisciplinary researcher who says he enjoys what he does. “I love being nosy and having a name such as Māui empowers me to feel comfortable to walk into a space and ask questions. There are a couple of reasons why – because Māui Tikitiki a Tāranga wasn’t scared to challenge convention. He was purposeful. You can reflect on … Read More

Driven to help the planet and humanity thrive - Mātau Taiao

Nov 30, 2021

Mihi mai ki a Dr Te Kīpa Kēpa Morgan, a professional engineer, who’s inspiring a different value system that he says can help humanity thrive and safeguard the sustainability of our planet. Kēpa affiliates to Ngāti Pikiao (Te Arawa), Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tahu. For more than a decade, Kēpa’s main research area has been in developing and advancing a Mauri Model Decision Making Framework and the Mauri0meter (which monitors mauri – binding forces). Rather than our standard world lens where we use a monetary system, the framework uses mauri  as the holistic measure of sustainability against four key areas: Environmental wellbeing (mauri taiao) Cultural wellbeing (mauri ā-hapū) Social wellbeing (mauri ā-hapori); and Economic wellbeing (mauri ā-whānau). Kēpa says new ways of understanding and communicating impacts are required. “The Mauri Model Decision Making Framework was created to help … Read More

Striving to ‘help people reinstate their health’ - Mātau Taiao

Oct 27, 2021

Dr Anna Rolleston and her team in Tauranga are on a mission to develop a new way of delivering healthcare that demonstrates the power of tikanga Māori and supports people taking control of their hauora (health). Anna, who holds a PhD in medicine, is the managing director of the Centre for Health in Tauranga. Hailing from Tauranga Moana, Anna (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga) is passionate about delivering a kaupapa Māori health model that isn’t constrained by ‘how things should be done’. “We made a conscious decision when we started the centre in 2010 that we wouldn’t seek Ministry of Health or District Health Board funding because it comes with strings and tick boxes.” She says not applying for central funding means the clinic can offer various services that are flexible and are aligned with the people they … Read More

Te reo Māori changed Dr Awanui Te Huia’s life - Mātau Taiao

Oct 27, 2021

Te reo Māori immersion workshops, Kura Reo, changed the trajectory of Dr Awanui Te Huia’s life and set her on a new course of research to explore. Awanui’s initial research background is in Māori health and social psychology. For the past 10 years, her passion for research includes the links between Māori knowledge and psychology, and the experiences of Māori language learners as well as New Zealand biculturalism. Awanui, who affiliates to the hapū of Ngāti Paretekawa (Ngāti Maniapoto), says her love for te reo Māori was born from her relationship with her native te reo Māori-speaking Koro (Grandfather) and was reignited as an adult as a result of attending Kura Reo, after spending a year in Japan. “I had been in health research through my background in psychology up until the point where I began attending Kura Reo. Read More

Scion’s newest Emeritus Scientist - Mātau Taiao

Sep 29, 2021

Scion has appointed Dr Tanira Kingi (Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa), who’s currently working with Māori landowners to find alternative ways to use their land, as its newest Emeritus Scientist. Scion’s former Research Leader in Primary Industry Systems is an agricultural economist with 30-years-experience working in the primary industry sector. Tanira says the current industry infrastructure for meat, milk and logging is taxing on the environment. “I see Māori landowners having a leadership role to change the status quo for the country because their focus is different to other landowners. Māori want to make the best decisions for current generations based on their responsibilities handed down to them by their tūpuna (ancestors). While at the same time being accountable to future generations; their children and mokopuna (grandchildren), who will judge their decisions.” Tanira and his team are working with land … Read More

Māori-friendly tool to diagnose dementia to be available in 2022 - Mātau Taiao

Sep 29, 2021

A trained clinical neuropsychologist, Dr Makarena Dudley,  is part of a team developing a Māori-friendly tool to help diagnose dementia which is due to be available by mid-2022. For many years, Makarena administered neuropsychological assessment tools, developed overseas, which she says haven’t always helped diagnose Māori patients. She says the current assessment tools fail Māori. “It became more and more difficult for me to administer these tools. In the back of my mind, I’d always consider the idea of developing a Māori friendly tool to aid mental health.” Makarena, who hails from Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri and Ngāti Kahu, is involved in the development of a tool called MANA, the Māori Assessment of Neuropsychological Abilities, for diagnosing mate wareware (dementia). It will be used by clinicians and physicians and incorporates tikanga Māori (Māori protocols), Māori content and scoring criteria. A … Read More

Set on finding a solution for Kauri dieback - Mātau Taiao

Aug 11, 2021

Dr Amanda Black of Tūhoe, Whakatōhea and Te Whānau-a-Āpanui is a researcher of environmental soil chemistry, biochemistry, and soil ecosystem health and has set her sights on finding a solution to tackle Kauri dieback. The disease starves the native tree of nutrients and water and is caused by a microscopic fungus-like organism called Phytophthora agathidicida. The organism lives in the soil and infects the kauri roots, damaging the tree’s tissues, nourishing the native species. “I want to nail this Kauri dieback disease on the head. It’s a problem that will require 20 solutions to address it. I’d like to provide one of those solutions and work out how we can manage our whenua (land) better so we’re more resilient to climate change, pests, diseases and weed invasion,” says Amanda. She’s been involved in numerous environmental studies including: The response … Read More

Pursuit of ‘positive social change’ - Mātau Taiao

Aug 11, 2021

Dr Maria Bargh, who has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations, is driven to use her research disciplines to create positive social change in Aotearoa. Her research focusses on three key areas: Māori politics te taiao – the environment; and the Māori economy Maria is based in Wellington and is an associate professor in Te Kawa a Māui (the School of Māori Studies) at Victoria University in Wellington. Her primary research field is in politics and whose opinion on Māori politics is regularly sought by the media. Maria has an interest in constitutional change, Māori representation across general and local elections as well as exploring Māori voter turnout numbers. “I’m currently interested in the discussion around the Māori Electoral Option because it’s quite a narrow conversation about frequency and timing and not about what I think … Read More

A path forged by wisdom - Mātau Taiao

Jul 05, 2021

Dr Poia Rewi credits his kaumātua (elders) for much of his journey as a kaihāpai o te reo Māori (Māori language supporter) and also acknowledges the pivotal role non-Māori mentors have played in his life. “Being raised in Murupara (Bay of Plenty) I was mentored by my koroua (grandfathers), kuia (grandmothers), and pākeke (adults) who guided my affinity for Māori language and culture,” says Poia, who hails from Ngāti Manawa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Whare, Te Arawa, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The first of July marks a year since Poia was appointed as the chief executive of Te Mātāwai, an independent statutory agency charged with revitalising te reo Māori. The former specialist researcher in Māori language revitalisation, culture, oral history and performing arts was recently awarded the status of Emeritus Professor to recognise his distinguished services to the University of Otago. Read More

‘Little nuances can change a community’ - Mātau Taiao

Jul 05, 2021

Supporting Auckland communities to ‘re-indigenise’ their spaces, to enhance opportunities for better health outcomes for their hapori (communities), is Dr Kimiora Raerino’s mission. Kimiora, of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Rangiwewehi, specialises in research on the physical environment, health and Māori wellbeing, and has lived in Auckland for about 30 years. She works as a research officer in the Whāriki Research Centre at Massey University and is a co-chair of Te Kotahi a Tāmaki – Marae Collective. Some of the research she’s involved in includes: 2012 Transport Patterns and Whānau Ora Report 2013 Indigenous Māori perspectives on urban transport patterns linked to health and well-being; and 2021 Article: Local-Indigenous Autonomy and Community Streetscape Enhancement: Learnings from Maori and Te Ara Mua—Future Streets Project Te Āki is humbled to catch up with Kimiora in her new Auckland office … Read More