Lily gained her doctorate in social anthropology from Massey University in 2010, with research on Awataha Marae in Northcote, Auckland. The research explored innovation of Māori tradition through three periods of cultural renaissance.
Ms Tawhai lectures in policy and politics at Te Pūtahi a Toi. A recent recipient of the Fulbright-Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga scholar award, Ms Tawhai's fields of research and community work include the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori and youth political engagement, constitutional change, and electoral, civics and citizenship education.
Te Kani Kingi is Director of Te Mata o te Tau, The Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship at Massey University in Wellington. His specialist interests are in mental health research, psychometrics and Māori health.
He has been an executive member of the New Zealand Public Health Association, the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, the National Ethics Advisory Committee, the National Health Committee and the Public Health Advisory Committee.