Māori research symposium for Te Tai Tokerau

15 September 2016

Māori research symposium for Te Tai Tokerau

NorthTec is partnering with Massey University to develop research activities in Northland aimed at exploring Māori issues.

The two tertiary education providers are working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi and Ngātiwai Education to hold a symposium in Whangarei, bringing people together to decide how research can best serve northern whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

The two-day Kimihia Rangahaua Te Tai Tokerau symposium will take place on Wednesday, 26 and Thursday, 27 October at the NorthTec marae on the Raumanga campus.

The organisers hope to discover which issues are important to local communities, what challenges will be faced in carrying out research, and how strategies and frameworks can be developed to enable researchers to work effectively with the community.

The researchers acknowledge that Te Tai Tokerau is an area of deprivation and associated issues, but also a region of great potential which can be maximised by the development of its people and other resources.

With Treaty claims yet to be allocated in the region, there will be an influx of economic resources which could be used to help build educational opportunities and achievement, as well as enhance social, economic and spiritual wellbeing.

The event aims to use research to help build a better, stronger future for ngā uri (the descendants) of Te Tai Tokerau.

Keynote speakers at the symposium will be Manuka Henare, Associate Professor of Maori Business Development at the University of Auckland Business School; Moe Milne, former Māori language teacher and health worker; and Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes, from Massey University’s Māori research unit, Te Rōpū Whariki.

To register to attend the symposium, contact Yvonne Wiki on 021 607 997 or via yjwiki@gmail.com.