Dr John Ryks

John Ryks

Senior Research Fellow

About John

Dr Ryks is a Senior Research Fellow within the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He completed a PhD in Human Geography in 2002. Between 2002-2012 he held senior research positions with the Ministry of Social Development, Te Puni Kōkiri and the then Ministry of Science and Innovation.

From 2012-2015 he ran his own research consultancy, leading research for the Health Promotion Agency, Families Commission and Te Puni Kōkiri. He was also project leader for Tāone Tupu Ora, part of the wider Resilient Urban Futures programme of research funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and led by the University of Otago. Tāone Tupu Ora involved analysing and mapping mana whenua and taura here population change in urban environments using iwi census data and GIS.

From 2015-2017 he was Director of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato.

Current work includes:

  • National Science Challenge 11: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities - named investigator for research investigating community renewal and regeneration in Tier 2 settlements with a focus on Māori regional development.
  • Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ) – contracted to undertake a spatial analysis of the heterogeneity of Māori focusing on the distribution of mana whenua and mātāwaka in urban areas and regional centres.

Research Supervised

PhD supervision (second supervision)

Jonathan Kilgour (PhD, ANU, Canberra). Complexity and indigenous development: what can we learn from the intersection of complexity theory and indigenous development?

Research Interests

New forms of gentrification; Māori representation and participation in planning and development; collaborative and community-based decision making; indicator development for measuring social wellbeing; mapping inequalities in urban and regional planning; social policy; Māori Affairs policy; research-policy interface.

Forthcoming and Recent Research

Ryks. J.L., Simmons, N., and J. Whitehead (in press): 'Cities and indigenous communities: the health and wellbeing of urban Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand' in Handbook of Global Urban Health. Pearson, A (ed). Routledge. New York.

Ryks. J.L., Kilgour, J., Whitehead, J., and M. Rarere (2018). 'Te Pae Mahutonga and the measurement of community capital in regional Aotearoa New Zealand' in New Zealand Population Review. 44: 85-108.

Waa, A., Ryks, J., Livesey, B., & Kilgour, J. (2017). 'Responding to challenges: Māori and urban development'. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 15-28). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Waa, A. M., Pearson, A. L., & Ryks, J. L. (2017). 'Premature mortality resilience and wellbeing within urban Māori communities'. Health & Place43, 49-56.

Simmonds. N, Kukutai. T, and J.L Ryks 2016: ‘Here to stay: Reshaping the regions through mana Māori’ in Rebooting the Regions. Spoonley, P (ed). Massey University Press. Palmerston North.

Ryks, J.L., and R. Shum 2016: ‘Beyond the city: gentrification and exclusion on the coastal margins’. In From Contested Cities to Global Urban Justice Proceedings. Conference held in Madrid, Spain.

Ryks, J.L., Waa. A and A. Pearson 2016: ‘Mapping urban Māori – a population-based study of Māori heterogeneity’. New Zealand Geographer. 72(1): 28-40.

Ryks, J.L. 2014: ‘Land/seascapes of exclusion – the new colonial project’. Asia-Pacific Viewpoint. 55(1): 38–53.

Waa. A, Ryks. J, Stuart. K, Howden-Chapman. P and B. Robson 2014: ‘Māori participation in urban development: challenges and opportunities for indigenous people in Aotearoa New Zealand’. Lincoln Planning Review. 6: 4-17.

Ryks, J.L, Wythe. J, Baldwin. S and N. Kennedy 2010: ‘The teeth of the taniwha: Māori representation and participation in local government’. Planning Quarterly. June 2010, Issue 177: 39-42.

Ryks, J.L. and D. Bishop 2009: Measuring Māori wellbeing – challenges and opportunities. Conference of the Population Association of New Zealand: ‘Distinct communities, diverse populations, different futures: towards 2030’. 31 August – 1 September 2009, Wellington.

Peace, R. M. and J. Ryks 2004: Population change, community services and social infrastructure in local communities. NZAIA 2004 Conference: ‘Sustainability, Community Futures and the Role of Impact Assessment’, March 18-20, Solway Park, Masterton District, Wairarapa, Wellington.

Ryks, J.L. 2003: ‘Castles made of sand’, in Tensional landscapes: the dynamics of boundaries and placements. Backhaus, G and Murungi, J (eds). Lexington Books. Maryland. USA.

Ryks, J.L. and R. Kirkpatrick 2001: The ethics of mapping the poor. Proceedings of the 2001 conference of the New Zealand Geographical Society, Dunedin.

Ryks, J.L. 2000: Coastal exclusion and territoriality in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Geography, April 2000, Baltimore, USA.

Other peer-reviewed research reports and presentations

Kukutai T.H and J.L. Ryks 2013: Implementation plan for measuring and monitoring Māori wellbeing in Tāmaki Makaurau. Report for the Independent Maori Statutory Board. Independent Maori Statutory Board, Auckland.

Contact Details

Room: K3.14
Phone: 07 837 9353
Cellphone: 022 640 1293