Rosemary Rangitauira

Pursuit of Indigenous sovereign rights - Mātau Taiao

May 05, 2022

Dr Simon Lambert’s dream is to see Indigenous nations across the world exercising their sovereign rights by adding their say to disaster risk reduction planning. Simon, of Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana, specialises in indigenous disaster risk reduction, indigenous health and indigenous development, social science, environmental management, planning and policy. He is currently an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, but is also supporting Te Tira Whakamātaki in Aotearoa. “My goal is to have disaster risk reduction as a sovereign right for Indigenous nations. Disaster risk reduction is about lessening the gravity of the risk for Indigenous peoples. These communities should be in a position where they define their risks, and can then define the response and strategy needed to keep their communities safe by … Read More

‘My stroke gave me purpose’ – Rukingi Haupapa - Mātau Taiao

May 05, 2022

Rukingi Haupapa (Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa) credits his stroke in 2005 for changing his life: leading him to change his name, get his mataora (facial moko) and set up a trust to help fellow stroke survivors. Oranga (health and wellbeing) is Rukingi’s passion. He holds a Master’s degree in Indigenous Studies and completed his thesis entitled ‘Te Waharoa’, which delved into the ‘Life after stroke: Whānau stories from Te Arawa, in 2015. Pictured here in front of his Tupuna Whare, Tamatekapua at Te Papaiōuru Marae in Rotorua, the Ōhinemutu Village resident says his life changed after his stroke. “My life before 2005 ended and from there I had to start over by having to relearn new ways of doing things and relearning how my body works. “My stroke gave me a purpose to do things that … Read More

Te reo Māori can enhance all aspects of life – Dr Rāpata Wiri - Mātau Taiao

Mar 31, 2022

Dr Rāpata Wiri is on a mission to make it easier for people – including teachers – to learn te reo Māori so they can enhance all aspects of their lives. He affiliates to Tūhoe (Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Hinekura, Ngāti Manunui, Hāmua) and Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi). Rāpata holds a PhD in Sociology as well as a Master of the Arts with first-class honours in Māori studies and history, and a Master of Law (LLM candidate). Last year, he led the development of a te reo Māori app to support a Ministry of Education aspiration to assist more teachers to learn Māori. Rāpata lives by this whakatauākī or proverb: Matapoporetia te reo ki te ngākau tāngata | Instil the language into the hearts of the people. He thanks his grandparents, Mary … Read More

Creating change by sharing mātauranga - Mātau Taiao

Mar 31, 2022

He Kai Kei Aku Ringa | Providing Food By My Own Hands This whakataukī resonates with Phoebe Fordyce and inspires her ambition to help create meaningful change that empowers Ngāi Māori by ‘using the tools’ she has learned. Phoebe, who affiliates to Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, is nearing the completion of her PhD in History at the University of Canterbury and is working for Te Tira Whakamātaki, a Māori Environmental not-for-profit and home of the Māori Biosecurity Network. A policy and research analyst at Te Tira Whakamātaki (TTW), Phoebe says she’s been there for two months so far. “I really love it. They’re a really great group to work for. It’s more of a whānau which is nice. Going from doing my PhD, which is very solitary, it’s been great to be part of a group.” The Ngāti … Read More

Professor Suzanne Pitama shares her vision for Otago University - Mātau Taiao

Feb 28, 2022

Otago University’s recently appointed head of campus and first wahine Māori dean of any Otago Medical School, Professor Suzanne Pitama, knows what she wants to achieve in her role. Suzanne hails from Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whare, and is an educational psychologist, elected as dean and head of the university’s Christchurch campus in December 2021. The former director of the Māori Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) is clear about her vision for the university. “I want to further strengthen the culture of manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga in mahi we are involved with, to increase our ability to demonstrate social accountability and more clearly articulate our ability to support health equity.” “I’m feeling excited about the opportunities we have to move forward on some really key initiatives, which includes the implementation of a governance structure that aligns with Te Tiriti, preparing ourselves … Read More

Chipping away at social injustice to help transform Aotearoa – Dr Huhana Hickey - Mātau Taiao

Feb 28, 2022

Armed with a smile and an unstoppable, charismatic can-do attitude, Dr Huhana Hickey, is driven to transform Aotearoa and ensure issues facing socially oppressed people are seen. Huhana, who’s also known as Dr Hu, has a PhD in Law and Tikanga Māori, and is a human rights lawyer who lobbies for communities including Māori and disabled people. She is of Ngāti Tahinga, Tainui, Ngāi Tai, Whakatōhea, Navajo, Aboriginal, Sami descendant. Huhana doesn’t allow her pain from multiple sclerosis to hold her back in completing projects, initiatives and research such as: Indigenous People with Disabilities: The Argument for Representation in Human Rights Legislation (with Specific Reference to the Development Stage of the United Nations International Disability Convention) – 2005 Claiming spaces: Māori (Indigenous Persons) Making the Invalid Valid – 2007 Whānau Hauā: Reframing Disability from an Indigenous … Read More

Horohoro is my passion – Kataraina George - Mātau Taiao

Jan 24, 2022

Kataraina George encourages emerging Māori researchers to study a discipline that they love because she says passion will help them overcome the toughest career challenges. Kataraina of Te Arawa is the Environment and Nursery manager at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara Trust Horohoro near Rotorua. The Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara uri (descendant) studied Marine biology before diving into Zoology which she loved. She did her Masters on the short-finned freshwater eels before working for Niwa Aquaculture Park (2005) at Bream Bay, Ruakākā 30km south of Whangārei. After 18 months, she then moved back to Rotorua to work on a medical project run by the University of Otago with researchers from Berkley Univerity. As a result, she realised she could apply her knowledge across disciplines. Despite encouragement from her tertiary mentors and family to do her PhD, … Read More

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