Dr Janette Hamilton-Pearce

Iwi: Ko Te Whānau a Apanui tōku iwi.

Qualifications: PhD (Information Sciences) AUT, BInfSci (1st Class Hons) Massey University

Local Contexts Programme Lead - Te Kotahi Research Institute

Research Interests

I recognise the inherent sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over knowledge and data that comes from our people, lands, territories, airspace and waters. My research specialises in supporting Indigenous communities in managing intellectual and cultural property rights and data within information systems. This work is done through the Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels by Local Contexts.

About Janette

In 2009, I obtained my Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I have over 21 years background as an academic in information systems for Indigenous communities. In 2020, I came to work for the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato as the Local Contexts Programme Lead.

Recent Publications

  • Hamilton-Pearce, J. (2022). [Contributor to the Local Contexts Collaborations Interview with MHz Foundation: TK and BC Notices]. In Zoom online. Retrieved from

  • Hamilton-Pearce, J., Garcia, F., & Roe, C. (2022). Local Contexts: Supporting Indigenous Rights and interests in data and collections. In Western University, Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Western Libraries as part of the Indigenous Teaching Fellow series. Retrieved from

  • Hamilton-Pearce, J. (2022). Local Contexts: Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels for Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki. In Māori Cultural Footprint Wānanga Programme [ Zoom ].

  • Hamilton-Pearce, J. (2022). Local Contexts Interview with Kirstin Gotway at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts Newfield. In Online on Zoom. Retrieved from

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: Te Kotahi Research Institute, 194 Hillcrest Road
Phone: +64 (0) 274 200 210