Ngā Tauira PaeruaPostgraduate Students

Te Urukeiha Raharuhi

Te Urukeiha Raharuhi

PhD student

Qualifications: Dip (MPD), BA (Hons), MA

Iwi: Ngāti Pikiao (Te Arawa), Ngati Kahu

Supervisors: Dr Hēmi Whaanga, Dr Rangi Matamua

Thesis Title: Te kawa whakauru ora: Collective participation of Ngati Hinekura in indigenous wellbeing research

Research Interests

Iwi wellbeing. Geneology, physical activities and the influences on whānau wellbeing.


In 2011, I started total immersion classes at He Kāinga Mō Te Reo in Rotorua, I made the move to continue full-time study in Te Tohu Paetahi, immersion language and teaching programme, graduating with a BA (Hons) majoring in Tikanga. I had the opportunity to work with Snr Research Officer Dr Hēmi Whaanga, to describe Māori methods of naming native and introduced species of birds. I don't have a science background, so the study broadened my horizons … a sort of taxonomy in terms of Mātauranga Māori, linking bird names to regions and ecologies. It's been a roundabout trip to doctoral study and I'm grateful for the Te Kotahi Research Institute Scholarship to help fund my study. It's going to be a personal and meaningful study that reaches a wider audience. I'll be getting to the heart of my own whānau.