The International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012 saw more than 400 researchers from around the world forging links and sharing knowledge over four days in Auckland. The 5th biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) conference, held 27th–30th June, was all-encompassing and multi-disciplinary, and welcomed indigenous scholars and allied researchers from many different research fields and nations.
Over 100 presenters took part, led by keynote speakers Associate Professor Troy A. Richardson, Associate Professor Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, Dr Jelena Porsanger, Aroha Mead and Professor Charles Royal. These sessions are now available to view online. Presentations ranged across the themes of the conference, and included individual research projects, team presentations and lively panel discussions. As the conference covers many diverse areas of scholarship, it was a rare chance for researchers from diverse disciplines to talk about their indigenous research within an indigenous conference setting.
Three special social events during the conference gave delegates a chance to get together informally – the welcome lunch hosted at Waipapa Marae; the NPM research showcase which launched MAI Journal and the 2012 NPM research projects; and our excellent conference dinner at the Viaduct Events Centre, where we were honoured and entertained by local and international delegates performing cultural items as well as some great music from Ruia Aperahama.
To see a selection of photos from the conference, visit our Online Media Centre. Videos of the keynote presentations are now on the NPM Online Media Centre, and the Conference Proceedings are under review and will be published online early in 2013 on the NPM website. The next biennial NPM International Conference is planned for 2014, and we hope to see you there.