TK open to collaboration

Te Kotahi Research Institute is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership.

TK Open to Collaboration

Te Kotahi Research Institute is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections. What is this notice? Read more at Local Contexts. If you are interested in collaborating, please contact Maui Hudson.

Kei ngā tōpito o te ao | Collaboration

Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI) has been established to enhance engagement in research and development by improving access to research and providing pathways for innovation. Increasing Māori engagement in these activities has the potential to contribute greatly to enhancing well-being for Iwi, Māori, Indigenous communities and society.

In addition to undertaking independent research, Te Kotahi Research Institute will work to meet the research and development aspirations of Māori communities. We can build iwi research and development capacity through:

  • Project management support
  • Doctoral and researcher career development
  • Tailored courses and workshops
  • Public seminars
  • Identifying and defining intellectual property
  • Brokering relationships to facilitate knowledge transfer and uptake
  • Matching university expertise
  • Consultancy services.


Te Pukenga (2021-2022) Project 

Request to develop a Maori Ethical Framework for Te Pukenga to test in 2022. The ethical framework will provide guidance for teaching and research at the Institute in line with Te  Pukenga’s Charter and stated objectives. It is an opportunity to create a framework that gently directs (most – if not all) Te Pūkenga research down the line that is of benefit to Māori, Pacific  (and implicitly - Decile 9/10 communities).

Breast Cancer Foundation 

We conducted an evaluation of the Breast Cancer Register’s operating standards using the Maori  Data Audit Tool.

NZ Cerebral Palsy Register - Maori Data Audit

We are advising the NZ Cerebral Palsy Register around Māori Data Sovereignty and in discussions to conduct an evaluation of their operating standards using the Māori Data Audit Tool.

Student projects

The Impact Lab is a multidisciplinary group of 4-6 third-year undergraduate students working on a joint project for organisations that have a sustainability focus and an impact on the culture, environment, society or economy of Aotearoa. DVC Māori is keen to see the establishment of cohorts of Māori students from across the different divisions working on these cross-discipline projects. Students from Te  Āhurutanga (Māori student leadership development) will be involved from 2022 with DVC Māori staff acting as mentors, students receiving 15 credits for contributing their skills to on-campus projects they are involved in.

  • University-based and external projects tagged for this initiative include:
  • Kīngitanga Day
  • Wiki o Te Reo Māori
  • Koroneihana
  • Opening of the Pā
  • Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua Tūpuna Whare History for Ngāi Tamarawaho
  • Many small projects support larger research for Ngāti Pukenga in Welcome Bay, where the Blue/Green Nexus is involved in their native restoration and organic gold kiwifruit developments.

Computer science: Community-engaged learning | Whakatōhea

Computer Science, DVC Māori, TKRI and WIL Central Unit collaborating on a project with Whakatōhea to extend the work from the Whalatōhea waiata app into education resources for kaiako of early childhood and primary students. In Trimester C (summer) 2021 students will collect information linked with waiata to develop educational resources. Students from Education, Māori and Indigenous Studies,  Arts and Social Science, Management and Computer Science are invited to be involved.

National partners

Te Mana Raraunga

Te Mana Rauranga is a Māori Data Sovereignty network whom advocates for Māori rights and interests in data to be protected as the world moves into an increasingly open data environment.

International partners


ENRICH supports development of Indigenous based protocols, Indigenous centered standard setting mechanisms, and machine-focused technology that inform policy, transform institutional and research practices, and reform relationships between Indigenous communities and wider society.

Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA)

The Global Indigenous Data Alliance is a key international advocacy group for Indigenous rights and interests in data. They promote the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance and have been working closely with the Research Data Alliance.