The Ako Aotearoa national tertiary teaching excellence awards were held at Parliament 10 September 2018, and two NPM researchers were recognised and honoured, together with other teaching practitioners from around the country.
Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett from the Department of Geography at the University of Otago and Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare from the University of Auckland Business School both received sustained excellence awards in the kaupapa Māori category.
NPM recently acknowledged a decision of the High Court to overturn an application to mine iron sands from the South Taranaki seabed.
NPM researchers worked closely with one of the iwi opposed to this mining, Ngā Rauru, including as part of a NPM funded research project in 2014 Māori Engagement in New Zealand’s Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions.
The NPM conference this year includes a new Indigenous Arts and Performance theme Ka Haka II, led by one of our research partners Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
AUT is our host venue for IIRC18 pre-conference workshops being held on Monday 12 November and features the Ka Haka II launch that evening which will be filled with a range of diverse and contemporary performances.
There will also be Ka Haka elements, presentations and lunchtime performances throughout the conference week.