About Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and hosted by The University of Auckland

NPM has 21 partner research entities, conducting research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global Indigenous research and affairs. The centre's research is underpinned by its vision of Māori leading New Zealand into the future and it is focused on realising the creative potential of Māori communities and bringing positive change and transformation to the nation, and the wider world.

NPM commenced a new CoRE contract in January 2016, which helps fund and support NPM through to 2020  - and continues the legacy built over the past 15 years.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga was first established in 2002 with the founding Joint Director's - Professors Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Michael Walker. Professor Sir Hirini Moko Mead gave the centre its name, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, "horizons of insight” which is symbolic and relates to NPM’s whakataukī or proverb, about the pursuit of horizons of understanding so we may emerge into the world of light.

In the period 2002 to 2010, the centre focused on addressing disparities in Māori participation and success in tertiary education and research training. One of its initial goals was to attain a total of 500 Māori PhDs (completed and enrolled), and over subsequent years succesful participation in doctoral programmes rapidly increased to the point that a total of 703 of Māori PhD students had either completed or enrolled as at 2010. That success has been mirrored in NPM's National Māori Post-graduate programme, MAI Te Kupenga, which has over 700 students currently involved, with 1000’s being involved since its inception.

It's national grants and awards programme has also provided over 670 grants and scholarships to support Māori and Indigenous students and researchers working in its field of Indigenous (Māori) Development and Advancement – this includes Post-Graduate scholarships, research internships, research projects, publishing and conference support grants, research methods scholarships, Fulbright awards for international research study and to support.

In 2016, the centre has implemented a new research strategy significantly different in design to previous NPM research programmes. This new focus comprises a suite of research projects within three key themes woven through with a vigorous programme, Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori, that invests our Indigeneity strongly into the research space.

These research themes are Whai Rawa (The Māori Economy), Te Tai Ao (The Natural Environment) and Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing).