Welcome to the International Indigenous Research Conference

Tēnei rā te pōwhiri atu ki ngā iwi o ngā hau e whā,
kia tatū mai rā ki tēnei hui whakaharahara mo te kaupapa kua whakataukītia ake nei,
kia whiriwhiringia ai he rautaki hei hāpai anō i a tātau ngā iwi taketake o te ao. 
Piki mai, kake mai, haere mai! 
Pīkautia mai rā nga tini mate kia tangihia rā e tātau. 
Tihei mauri mate! Tihei mauri ora!

IIRC18 is our biennial international conference for the sharing of premiere Māori and Indigenous knowledge, research and scholarship. An event not to be missed, we invite and welcome Indigenous researchers from all parts of the world to our place. Come to Aotearoa New Zealand, to our beautiful city of Auckland, to our gathering place at Waipapa marae, to Tānenuiārangi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Be inspired by excellence, connection, creativity, deep thought and scholar activism.
Embracing the overarching conference theme of ‘Indigenous Futures’ there will be something for everyone – pre-conference workshops, keynotes, paper presentations, posters, movies and performances. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence, will be honoured by your presence. Nau mai, haere mai!

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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.

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 Gitxaala 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. He has conducted field research in, and produced films concerning, north coastal BC, Canada; Brittany, France; and Donegal, Ireland.

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. Poia has also worked collaboratively to create a series of innovative interactive Apps to teach te Reo Māori.

Maree Sheehan (Ngāti Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngāti Tuwharetoa) is a lecturer at Auckland University of Technology at Te Ara Poutama, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development. Her focus is on providing a pathway to generate excitement in students for learning about Māori media and culture by engaging directly with Māori music and media. He recent research focus has resulted in a deeper devotion to the development, revitalisation and self-determination of Te Ao Māori and her commitment to a Māori worldview has informed and underpins her PhD project, with a practice-led research approach within an overarching Mātauranga Māori paradigm.

'Aulani Wilhelm (Hawaiian) has spent more than 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.

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