Whānau led research project

Speaker: Ria Wihapi Waikerepuru Wednesday 5 May 11am (NZST / UTC +12.00) 2021

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The life-long collection of Te Reo Māori activist Te Huirangi Eruera Waikerepuru, was developed on a digital platform in 2018/19 by a whānau-led research project. Initiated under the Museum Studies Advanced Research Practicum, the project was required to meet museum and archival standards. The wide range of items within the collection included items in need of conservation intervention. Mentoring support from the archival arm of Te Reo o Taranaki: Te Pūtē Routiriata o Taranaki and whanau participation was key for project completion.

Presently the whānau is exploring the next steps towards establishing a research repository.

Pātaka Raraunga Māori Data Sovereignty

Speaker: Ngapera Riley Thursday 6 May 11am (NZST / UTC +12.00) 2021

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Ngapera Riley is the Chief Executive Officer at Figure.nz.

Ngapera is passionate about helping New Zealand progress as a Nation through the use of data and understanding information that can influence good decision making by our citizens, businesses and political leaders.

She believes that access to legitimate data is integral for the future of humanity and that EVERYONE, not just experts, should be able to access and use important information about our country.

Today she will discuss Māori Data Sovereignty utilising Pātaka Raraunga as the case study.

Mātauranga Pākeha – what’s that?

Speaker: Billy Van Uitregt Thursday 6 May 4pm (NZST / UTC +12.00) 2021

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Researchers and policy makers around the world are grappling with bringing indigenous voices, worldviews and knowledges into contemporary environmental science, policy and governance. These attempts often replicate the historical power structures that not only place Indigenous peoples under the microscope but also force them to define and defend their cultural values, identities and ways of being and knowing. The title of this talk hopes to make those power structures visible and asks us all to deconstruct, define and defend the assumptions we make as researchers in the “western” academy. My Master’s research proposes the development of settler colonial research agenda that places the settler colonial under the microscope to not only bring the “invisible” power structures to light but to provide a means to theorise their deconstruction. In this talk I want to introduce this thinking and how it might support bringing Indigenous voices, knowledges and worldviews to the fore in environmental research, policy and governance to shift the world’s current unsustainable relationship with the environment and Papatūānuku.


My understanding and perspective on this kaupapa are defined by my dual Indigenous and settler colonial identity as experienced across Australia and Aotearoa. I was born and raised on Jagera and Turrbal Country in south east Queensland and whakapapa to Ngā Rauru, Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāi Tūhoe and to the Netherlands. After completing my PhD in Evolutionary Ecology in 2012 I drifted away from the positivist traditions of “western” science and academia working with Anindilyakwa and Nunga whānau in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Written by Tumuaki Te Ropu Whakahau