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Law, Ethics & Responsibility Symposium

November 2014

The aim of this Symposium is to identify legal principles for the governance of public goods based on the notion of Responsibility, such as Trusteeship, Guardianship, Kaitiakitanga. A proposal for the governance of water by Sir Eddie Taihakurei Durie will provide a specific case study example. Considerations will be expanded for stewardship of global commons and climate commitments for COP21. Prospects for research and strategic implementation will be identified.

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Nationwide Māori Governance Survey launched

October 2013

Te Mata Hautu Taketake - the Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre will conduct a nationwide research study aimed at better assessing the governance capacities and training needs of Maori entities across Aotearoa – New Zealand. This research study will be led by Dr Robert Joseph with Dr Torivio Fodder as associate investigator and Renee Rewi as Centre Manager. Read more...

Sharon's research is to interrogate practical solutions and strategies for iwi to engage in a global political and market economy while retaining and valuing our own very unique identities, values and tikanga. She is looking beyond land use potential for Māori own land and even economic sustainable development, toward the potential for setting a Māori and indigenous governance framework that effectively deals with neoliberalism. An important focus of her research will be to look at the inclusion of Māori women in Māori organisational structures and governance roles


Sharon Toi awarded MIGC PhD Student Scholarship

February 2013

Ko Whakatere te maunga, Waimā Tuhirangi te whenua, Hokianga-o-Kupe te moana, Ko Māhurehure te hapu, Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi, Ko Sharon Toi tōku ingoa. Tihei Mauriora.

Sharon's research is to interrogate practical solutions and strategies for iwi to engage in a global political and market economy while retaining and valuing our own very unique identities, values and tikanga. She is looking beyond land use potential for Māori own land and even economic sustainable development, toward the potential for setting a Māori and indigenous governance framework that effectively deals with neoliberalism. An important focus of her research will be to look at the inclusion of Māori women in Māori organisational structures and governance roles


Rangimarie Mahuika awarded MIGC PhD Research Grant

February 2013

Rangimarie is of Ngati Rangiwewehi, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Ranginui and Te Rarawa descent. With an interdisciplinary background spanning the fields of Education and the Law Rangimarie has specific research interests in indigenous research theories and methodologies, the revitalization and maintenance of indigenous knowledge’s and identities and more recently the exploration of indigenous governance approaches and pathways towards greater levels of self-determination for indigenous peoples through their governance arrangements. Rangimarie’s doctoral research focuses more specifically on the conceptions and practices of governance that have developed within Ngati Rangiwewehi. The study forms part of an overall governance review taking place in conjunction with Ngati Rangiwewehi’s transition into our post-settlement governance arrangements. The central question of the thesis asks how Ngati Rangiwewehi might ensure that they are self-determining through their post-settlement governance arrangements.


MIGC welcomes Dr Torivio Fodder

February 2013

Te Mata Hautū Taketake has the pleasure to announce the arrival of Dr Torivio Fodder. Dr Fodder is a recent SJD graduate of the Indigenous People's Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. Under the supervision of renowned indigenous rights scholar, Prof Robert A. Williams, Dr Fodder's dissertation developed a new framework for the articulation of indigenous rights and self-determination drawing from the disparate fields of critical race theory and libertarian philosophy.

Originally from Walters, Oklahoma, USA, Torivio is an enrolled member of the Taos Pueblo and of Comanche, Kiowa and Cherokee tribal descent

Over the next six months Dr Fodder will undertake research and maintain current knowledge relating to Indigenous Governance and Dispute Resolution. He will also assess effectiveness of internal governance mechanisms of Māori and other Indigenous for profit and non-profit Indigenous legal entities and trusts.


Maori Governance Working Panel

November 2012

The University of Waikato’s newly established Te Mata Hautu Taketake – the Centre for Maori and Indigenous Governance – has joined government and private sector organisations on a working panel to ensure optimum value is gained from Maori assets. More...


MIGC launch

November 2012

The Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre has been established to fill a gap by providing research-led solutions that are practical, effective and culturally relevant for improving governance and leadership among Maori organisations. The Centre will research and identify robust indigenous governance and leadership models, facilitate a network of commercial partner organisations that can explore opportunities of mutual benefit, assist organisations to optimize their governance arrangements, and provide practical assistance for Maori organisations through workshops, symposia, training and advisory functions. More... View Photos...