Assoc. Prof. Māui Hudson

Iwi: Te Whakatohea, Ngā Ruahine, Te Mahurehure

Qualifications: BHSc(Physiotherapy) AIT, MHSc(Ethics) AUT


About Māui

Māui is an interdisciplinary researcher who focuses on the application of mātauranga Māori to decision-making across a range of contemporary contexts from new technologies to health, the environment to innovation. He has co-authored a number of ethical guidelines including Te Ara Tika: Guidelines on Māori Research Ethics, a framework for researchers and ethics committee members; Te Mata Ira Guidelines on Genomic Research with Māori; and He Tangata Kei Tua Guidelines on Biobanking with Māori.

Māui's current research projects include:

  • Te Nohonga Kaitiaki - developing Guidelines for Genomic Research with Taonga Species
  • Co-Innovation Interface - exploring Māori perspectives on gene editing
  • Te Tuakiri o te Taonga - developing Biocultural Labels to recognise indigenous rights in genomic data
  • He Papa Moana - developing a cross cultural ocean knowledge platform as part of the Moana project
  • Māori IP & Responsible Innovation - understanding the intersection between intellectual property and Indigenous data sovereignty

Māui supports Māori to engage in the research sector as a co-convener of SING Aotearoa, the New Zealand chapter of the Summer Internship for Indigenous Genomics, and Te Ahu o Rehua, a Network for Cross Cultural Ocean Knowledge connecting expertise across the fields of climate change, marine science, ocean health, voyaging and non-instrument navigation. Māui also advocates for Māori rights and interests through Te Mana Raraunga: Māori Data Sovereignty Network and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. He is a co-founder of ENRICH, a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and New York University, and a co-developer of the Biocultural Labels Initiative.

Recent Publications

  • McCartney, A., Blaxter, M., Cook-Deegan, R., Durbin, R., Frisse, L., Geary, J., . . . Wong, L. (2022). Data Sharing and Management Best Practices. The Earth Biogenome Project. Retrieved from

  • Hudson, M. (2022). Research with Māori presented to the Health and Disability Ethics Committees. In Zoom.

  • Hudson, M. (2022). Our data, our sovereignty, our future.. In What is Indigenous Data Sovereignty? [Virtual, Sea Grant, University of Hawai'i}. Retrieved from

  • Hudson, M. (2022). What is Indigenous Data Sovereignty? Setting the foundation for conversations about Indigenous data and Data Sovereignty. In Online, hosted by University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Ulana ʻIke Center of Excellence and the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific.

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