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Research collaborators and community partnerships

The University of Waikato 

This  University is  committed to  delivering a  world-class education  and   research portfolio, providing a full and  dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and  pursuing strong international  links  to  advance knowledge. The  University of Waikato is ranked 68th out  of 100  “most international” universities in the  world  by the  influential Times Higher Education and it has 12 subjects ranked in the  top 250  in the  world.  The University’s mission is to combine the  creation of knowledge through research, scholarship and creative works with the dissemination of knowledge through teaching, publication and performance.


Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development

On 1 February 2000, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu opened the doors to the Tainui Endowed College - the tribe’s academic and research institution. In her opening speech, Te Arikinui described the College as being "the tribe’s gift to the nation.” The College was envisaged by the Founding Fellow and Principal Negotiator for the 1995 Waikato Raupatu Settlement, Sir Robert Mahuta, as both a memorial to the Raupatu and "the means by which we will be able to produce a continual stream of leadership to take Maaori people through the next century.”

In May 2010, with the support of our College Patron, Kiingi Tuheitia, we rededicated the College – reconfirming the tribe’s commitment to continuing the vision of Sir Robert and the desire of Te Arikinui for the College to be open to the motu and to the world. We re-named the College – the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development and a new course was set for the College with the appointment of new staff and the development of partnerships and new programmes of research that will help us move forward.

We invite you to explore what we have to offer: http://www.waikatotainui.ac.nz/

Indigenous Wellness Research Institute 

Vision: To support the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples to achieve full and complete health and wellness by collaborating in decolonizing research and knowledge building and sharing. Mission: To marshal community, tribal, academic, and governmental resources toward innovative, culture-centered interdisciplinary, collaborative social and behavioral research and education. Within the Institute sits The Center for Indigenous Health Research. The Centre works with indigenous communities and allies to achieve health equity through service, research, and education.


Te Pua Wānanga ki te ao: Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies (The University of Waikato)

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao aims to uplift the people of Aotearoa and to be the first choice university for Māori and Pacific students. Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao represents innovation and tradition in teaching and research, and it provides national and international leadership in Māori, Pacific and indigenous issues and sustainable development. Our staff include leading practitioners of Tikanga Māori, interpreters and translators of Te Reo Māori, and researchers in issues pertaining to: Māori and Pacific Development, indigenous peoples, culture and language revitalization, Tikanga Māori, and Te Reo Māori. Through our research and practice, Te Pua Wānanaga ki te Ao provides national and international leadership in Māori, Pacific and indigenous issues and sustainable development.


Te Atawhai o Te ao

Te Atawhai o te ao is an Independent Kaupapa Māori Institute that undertakes a range of environmental and health research. Te Atawhai o Te Ao is a kaupapa Māori research institute based in Whanganui working alongside whānau and Māori communities to undertake research that will benefit Māori.


Tu Tama Wahine

Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki is a kaupapa Maori common good organisation with over 25 years of experience in delivering health and social services successfully across the Taranaki region. The origins of our organisation, however, date back to 1881 and the plunder of Parihaka where clear instructions were given to the remaining women to continue on with the work of their tupuna and take on the roles and responsibilities of the whanau in upholding tikanga Maori, and maintaining the care and wellbeing of whanau.  “E tu tama wahine i te waa o te kore.” — Te Whiti o Rongomai (1881)


Te Whāriki Takapou


Rihi Te Nana, Independant consultant

Rihi Te Nana is the Māori Development Leader for the counseling and social service agency Relationships Aotearoa (the largest counseling and education non-governmental organization in New Zealand). She is an experienced therapist who has been working alongside Māori whanau (family), hapu (familial tribes) and iwi (tribe) to develop and strengthen tikanga (customary) practices of health and well-being.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Awanuiārangi provides educational opportunities to all Māori, New Zealanders and indigenous students through campuses based in Whakatāne, Auckland (Tāmaki) and Northland (Te Tai Tokerau), as well as through marae and community networks across the country.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi aims to be a quality provider of Māori programmes within the tertiary education sector in Aotearoa. Of importance is the vision to promote, grow and sustain Māori language, knowledge and culture in all its manifestations and with regard to tikanga Māori practice.


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