Welcome to the International Indigenous Research Conference

Kei ngā tuhanga iwi taketake, Kei ngā mangainga ngai tāua nō ngā kauwheke o raurangi
Mihi manahau ki te nuipuku i tae-a-tinana mai ki te Hui Taumata Rangahau a Iwi Taketake
Nō mātou anō o Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga te whiwhi, te hōnore hei hiki, hei kawe

Kua karapinepine mai he kāwai rangatira, he reo tahito
Kua kāpunipuni mai ngā mata-kai-kutu o te rangahau iwi motuhake
Nō konā, kua whakamanahia tāua e tāua anō

Nā reira me puta hei karawhiti taua ki ngā kauhanga riri o tēnā moka o te aotūroa nei
Kia harapaki koutou ko te Awhiorangi, ka heuea te pō, ka heuea te ao
Ko ngā wāhi ngaro ki te rangi, Ko ngā iwi taketake ki te whenua
Kia tāmaua kia ita, whano, whano, whanake e . . .

IRC18 was our 8th biennial international conference for the sharing ofpremiere Māori and Indigenous knowledge, research and scholarship. We welcomed and invited Indigenous researchers from all parts of the world to our place, over 560 delegates attended from over 100 tribal nations and 15 countries. They joined us in Aotearoa New Zealand, in our beautiful city of Auckland, and met at our gathering place at Waipapa marae, Tānenuiārangi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

We trust those attending were inspired by excellence, connections, creativity, deep thought and scholar activism. Embracing the overarching conference theme of ‘Indigenous Futures’ there was something for everyone – the pre-conference workshops, seven keynotes, almost 200 paper presentations, panels, posters, movie, book launch and performances among other activities, connections and sharing. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence, was honoured by the many delegates and communities presence. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. 

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Chelsea Bond (Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman) is Senior Lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland and has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for the past 20 years. She has a strong interest in urban Indigenous health promotion, culture, identity and community development.

Hon Kelvin Davis is Māori Crown Relations : Te Arawhiti Minister, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Education.

Ko Taumarere te awa. Ko Puketohunoa te maunga. Ko Ngāti Manu te hapū. Hon Kelvin Davis is New Zealand’s first Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education).

Dr. Marie Delorme (Métis, Canada) is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She chairs the Chiniki Trico Board, is past chair of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Foundation Board, and serves on the River Cree Enterprises Board, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the Queen's University Board of Trustees, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. She is also advisor to two Universities.

Professor Charles Menzies (First Nations, Canada, Member of Gitxaaɫa Nation of northwestern British Columbia) is at the Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His primary research interests are in the production of anthropological films, natural resource management (primarily fisheries related), political economy, contemporary First Nations' issues, maritime anthropology and the archaeology of north coast BC.

Sir Tīpene O’Regan is chair of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga's Board. He was previously Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori of the University of Canterbury and former long-serving Chairman of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board. He remains an Adjunct Professor in the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury and a Fellow of the University of Auckland.

Professor Poia Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) is Dean of Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, University of Otago and researches Indigenous language revitalisation, te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, Māori oratory, Māori performing arts and Māori history. He has published extensively including as co-author on Whaikorero: The World of Māori Oratory and The Value of the Māori language: Te Hua o te Reo Māori.

Ngāti Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

My position at Auckland University of Technology at Te Ara Poutama, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous development provides a pathway to generate excitement in students for learning about Māori media and culture by engaging directly with Māori music and media.

'Aulani Wilhelm (Hawaiian) has spent 20+ years in natural resource management, primarily ocean conservation, leading the designation of what is now the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage site in Hawaii. As the Senior Vice President for Oceans at Conservation International, she provides strategic direction, management and oversight of CI’s Center for Oceans to drive global progress to restore and protect our oceans.

Tāmaki Makaurau

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