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.
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.
Meegan teaches courses on higher education learning and teaching and hosts teaching orientations and events. Most of her teaching is to lecturers and tutors whilst she also contributes to the programme offered by Te Kawa a Māui, the School of Māori Studies, such as their introductory course about Māori society and culture and their postgraduate course about Māori research methodologies.
Her research interests lie in Māori academic development, Māori pedagogies, Māori student achievement and retention in higher education.
Mohi Rua is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato and Co-Director of the Māori Psychology Research Unit. Prior to this, he was a Senior Research Officer in the University’s Māori and Psychology Research Unit.
Papaarangi is Tumuaki and Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine. She has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa and her research interests include analysing disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring government commitment to indigenous rights.