NPMs Media Savvy for Māori Researchers workshop was held recently at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland.

A group of researchers from across the country gathered together to gain valuable insights into communication skills and media training, guided by the fantastic Science Media Centre team from Wellington.

From communicating with style, to presence and performance, giving an effective interview, using clear and compelling language, and interviewing under pressure - the researchers learned about the changing media environment and were challenged to pitch their research to a panel of visiting journalists.

NPM Principal Investigator Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (Te Wānanga o Ōwairaka-Unitec) recently delivered her Inaugural Professorial Lecture in Auckland.

Jenny is the new Professor of Māori Research, responsible for leading Unitec’s Strategic Focus initiative on Māori Research and is currently co-leading (together with Rau Hoskins) Te Manaaki o te Marae: The role of marae in the Auckland housing crisis; a significant Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua - Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities project funded by the National Science Challenge.

The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award is for a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of Indigenous development. One award valued at up to US$40,000 (plus NZ$4,000 travel funding) is granted annually for up to one year of study or research in the US.

Submissions close 1 August. Apply for 2019 Fulbright-NPM Graduate Award here now!

Vincent Malcolm-Buchanan passed away in Auckland on Saturday 1 June, after a period of intense illness.  Aligned with Ngāti Whare of Te Whaiti, and Ngāti Pikiao of Rotoiti, he was an exceptional teacher, exemplary scholar and sensitive mentor. As a youth in Rotorua, he dazzled tourists on the concert stage, and pursued a career in hospitality. Contact with overseas visitors prompted him to aim much higher, and he commenced a degree in Religious Studies at Canterbury in the early 2000s. Vincee transferred to Waikato, completing his BA in Religious Studies & Anthropology in 2006.

Providing informed and expert Māori researched evidenced insights is central to the work of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), and this week NPM has launched a new series of think piece papers to provide research and focus to critical topic areas and issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand.

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