The Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre

The aims of the Centre are to:

  • Meet currently unmet demands for cutting edge quality research on Māori governance best practice models
  • Build a body of knowledge and wisdom to help improve Māori governance
  • Report on Māori governance best practice models, practices and institutions
  • Provide practical training for Māori and non-Māori who work in or with Māori governance organisations
  • Learn from Indigenous governance experiences globally as well as sharing Māori successes
  • Work with Māori to evaluate and report on their current governance effectiveness and enhancement for the future
  • Seek collaborative research partnerships with Māori and other key stakeholders on Māori governance;

Our vision is to improve Māori governance generally, whether it concerns Māori trusts and incorporations, asset holding companies, iwi organisations, post-settlement governance entities, marae and hapu committees; and Indigenous peoples' organisations globally. The Centre will engage in collaborative research nationally and internationally by undertaking longitudinal research, in consultation and partnership with profit and non-profit Māori and Indigenous organisations. A sustainable Māori economy (approx $36 billion) demands efficient and culturally appropriate good governance with Māori organisations, hence the importance of the Centre's research.

Faculty Members

From left: Professor Brad Morse, Valmaine Toki, Linda Te Aho, Dr Robert Joseph (Director).

Not pictured: Mylene Rakena (Centre Manager), Professor Barry Barton, Joel Manyam, Wayne Rumbles (Dean of Te Piringa - Faculty of Law), Sadeq Bigdeli, Gay Morgan, Doug Tennent, Dr Richard Benton, as well as other scholars from the University of Waikato and other universities.