Māori research at UC – “terrific work”

‘I absolutely loved the kaupapa today and learned about several ideas and concepts that were new to me’

 ‘I really enjoyed the entire session and found all of the presenters both engaging and thought provoking’

‘I felt privileged to be able to listen to the heartfelt messages of the speakers of the day’,

‘I feel fortunate to have heard these revered people speak, and enjoyed every minute of the Colloquium’.

These comments follow  the annual Māori Research Colloquium on Friday 3 November hosted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora, together with the Office of the AVC Māori and Te Rū Rangahau Māori Research Laboratory.

Following the official welcome Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, Health and Human Development |Te Amorangi Ako me te Hauora Professor Gail Gillon set the scene for the day by reiterating the significant contribution that mātauranga Māori plays on the UC research landscape

The event was well-attended by educators, practitioners, Māori and Indigenous community leaders, and senior University staff. Highlights of the day include two keynote addresses – the first from illustrious Māori educator and leader Sir Toby Curtis (Ngāti Rongomai) who was welcomed at the mihi whakatau by another knight and preeminent Māori leader, Sir Tipene O’Regan (Ngāi Tahu).

The second keynote was delivered by Dr Lana Leslie, a Kamilaroi woman from Western Sydney University. Both addresses were challenging, thought-provoking, and spoke to the heart of Indigenous histories and ways of knowing.

As discussant, Sir Tipene skilfully captured the main thrust of these addresses. The afternoon session commenced with Professor Angus Macfarlane (Ngāti Whakaue) offering an insightful and rigorous presentation on the quintessence of Māori leadership. The day concluded with a panel of educators convened by UC’s Adjunct Professor Wally Penetito, who espoused sharp commentary on the future of Māori education.

Feedback on the day’s proceedings has been overwhelmingly positive, with Sir Toby Curtis noting the ‘terrific work’ undertaken at UC with regard to Māori research, and Sir Tipene O’Regan referring to the Colloquium as ‘an excellent initiative’ that he was ‘very happy to have contributed to’.

Thank you to those who supported the Colloquium and made the day the success it was.