High profile speakers for Māori research symposium

21 October 2016

High profile speakers for Māori research symposium

A symposium focused on establishing Māori research projects has a packed two-day programme of high-profile speakers.

Around 180 people are expected to attend the Kimihia Rangahaua – Te Tai Tokerau Research Symposium – taking place at NorthTec’s Raumanga campus on Wednesday, 26 and Thursday, 27 October. It is a joint project between Massey University and NorthTec and is sponsored by Ako Aotearoa, Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi and Te Reo o Ngāti Hine.

There is a long list of well-known speakers who will be presenting and sitting on expert panels, among them leading Māori academics. They include:

Papaarangi Reid, who is Tumuaki (Deputy Dean Māori) at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and Head of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at the University of Auckland;

Dr Geoff Kira, a Kaeo-born lecturer within the School of Public Health at Massey University in Wellington;

Cindy Kiro, Professor and Te Tumu for the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, who was Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand between 2003 and 2009;

Hori Parata, a pioneer in Māori resource management who established and led the Ngātiwai Trust Board Resource Management Unit;

Manuka Henare, Associate Professor in Māori Business Development in the Department of Management and International Business at Auckland University;

Dr Matire Harwood, Director, Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Group at the University of Auckland;

Dr Roseanna Henare-Solomon, lecturer in business management and education at the University of Western Sydney;

Erena Kara, Acting CEO of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi;

Leon Wijohn, Tax and Private Partner and Leader of the National Māori Services Team/Taumata Roopu Ngāpuhi at Deloitte;

Eamon Nathan, Kaiwhakahaere/Programme Manager for Reconnecting Northland.

NorthTec’s Huhana Lyndon, Director Learner Services, will also be a presenter and the welcome and overview will be provided by Symposium Convener, Dr Lily George, who is currently a Senior Research Officer at Massey University.

Dr George said: “Our vision is that this Symposium will be seen as a beginning for cohesive and coordinated research development in te tai Tokerau, based on issues of importance identified by our whānau, hapū, iwi and communities, for the benefit of our [people and communities, as well as universities. Effective engagement must rest on recognising the expertise that is held within our communities as well as universities.”