Our Research Leadership Team

The Research Leadership Team (RLT) for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (2016 -2020) provides academic and research leadership for NPM.  The RLT consists of the Co-Directors (as Co-Chairs), Deputy Directors and Theme Leaders. They direct and manage the overall research programme, its development and delivery, ensuring research excellence and impact contributing to NPM's outcomes and vision.

Professor Jacinta Ruru

Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto
Co-Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / University of Otago

Jacinta Ruru is co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and Professor of Law at the University of Otago. Her research has focused on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries.

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Tūhoe
University of Waikato

Linda Waimarie Nikora is co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, the University of Auckland. She was previously Professor of Psychology and Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato. Her specialities are in in community psychology, applied social psychology, ethnopsychology and Maori development.

Dr James Ataria

Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa
Deputy Director / Principal Investigator
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / Cawthron Institute
Lincoln University

Dr James Ataria is a Deputy Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. He is Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University and an ecotoxicologist at the Cawthron Institute, Nelson and is also an associate trustee of the Tuaropaki Trust and a member of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao (Māori Advisory Committee to the board of the Environmental Protection Authority).

Daniel Patrick

Kaiwhakahaere Matua: Executive Director
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Daniel is the Executive Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and has been since 2011. He directs and plans the entire Centre’s business activities, including contracting, financial operations, resources planning, risk management, systems and performance measures and manages the Centre's investment portfolios.

Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare

Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri
Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development
The University of Auckland

Mānuka joined the University of Auckland Business School in 1996 and is Associate Professor in Māori Business Development in the Department of Management and International Business and recently completed (December 2014) a twelve year term as Associate Dean (Māori and Pacific Development). Mānuka is also the foundation Director of the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development and leads a number of multidisciplinary research project teams.

Dr Shaun Awatere

Ngāti Porou
Manaaki Whenua

Shaun Awatere (Ngāti Porou) is a resource economist for Landcare Research in Hamilton. He has been working to improve the incorporation of Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge and values) into local government planning by developing the systems and processes that will enable Māori values to be integrated into urban design and development.

Dr Ocean Mercier

Ngāti Porou
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University of Wellington

Ocean’s teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts and using novel digital technologies. She co-leads a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa. Her research also involves kaupapa Māori reading of films. She is the presenter of Māori Television's Project Mātauranga and presents for TVNZ’s Coast.

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu
Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre
Massey University

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes is based out of Massey University and is currently Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre. She has worked on research in many areas; more recently relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, alcohol and youth well-being and identity.

Dr Hinekura Smith

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa
Emerging Researchers' Leader
The University of Auckland

Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Ati Awa) is NPM's Emerging Researchers’ Leader, providing further national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and developing and nurturing initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capacity Strategy.

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