Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga not only focuses on supporting excellent research but also on ensuring its benefits are spread widely. Sometimes we can achieve this (as in environmental research projects) by including students or communities in the research itself, so that in addition to our researchers gaining local knowledge we can help students build capability.
All organisations value progress but at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga it comes with some unique challenges. We are of course focused on excellent research, but at the same time by creating a new knowledge base we also aim to ensure lasting benefits for Mäori and the nation. There is some urgency to this.
Another good year for an ambitious vision. As one of eight Centres of Research Excellence supported by the New Zealand Government, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is charged with contributing to full participation by Māori in all aspects of society and the economy. It is an ambitious vision.
In 2006 it was pleasing to see just how many important gains were made in delivering on the broad and sometimes long-term objectives set when the Centre was founded just four years ago. As set out elsewhere in this report, our research activity flourished. Importantly, research supported by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga continued to be published widely in books and leading international journals and rapidly taken up at government policy levels.
As Joint Directors, we welcome the opportunity presented by this Mid-term Review to report on progress towards the implementation of the proposal and achievement of the vision of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has established a new paradigm for research in which a critical mass of excellent researchers.
We move towards an exciting future. This reporting period, from July 2004 to December 2005, has been in many ways a watershed, with perhaps the most important event for the medium-term future being the very solid endorsement we received from the Tertiary Education Commission's Mid-Term Review for the Centre's work over our first two-and-a-half years. This Review confirmed funding to continue the Centre's work over the next two-and-a-half years. It provides valuable stability of resourcing, and is also a very welcome confirmation of just how much has been achieved.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is the National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement and is one of seven national centres of research excellence that were selected for funding by the New Zealand Government in 2002 and subsequently, established as an Institute on 1 July 2002. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is hosted by the University of Auckland and comprises researchers and member entities from eight institutions.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga was selected as a Centre of Research Excellence in 2002. Our vision is the transformation of New Zealand society to achieve full participation by Māori in all aspects of society and the economy. The mission of the Institute is to provide excellent research, training and knowledge transfer to support achievement of the vision.