Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (NPM) is the founding host of the biennial International Indigenous Research Conference. It is our honour to enable and host this conference to create an international stage for engagement, sharing and future shaping of globally relevant Indigenous led research.

The aims of this conference are to:

  • host an international celebration of Indigenous lead research
  • foster an international gathering of Indigenous researchers in all disciplines to share research, inspire new research connections and promote research excellence
  • profile the innovation in multi-disciplinary Indigenous knowledges and in developing Indigenous research methodologies, theories, and practices
  • grow Indigenous lead research within Aotearoa New Zealand and its links with the rest of the world
  • enable a conference that engages with a broad range of critical issues for Indigenous communities leading to clear outcomes for action and solution
  • provide a high impact with high value research sharing experience with multiple opportunities for engagement and learning
  • extend the reputation of NPM as a nationally and internationally recognised and sought after centre for its expertise and innovation in transformative Māori focused multidisciplinary research
NPM’s vision is of Māori leading New Zealand into the future. To reap the benefits of the nation’s changing demographics it is critical that Māori are engaged in research and decision making in all disciplines and in all sectors.  NPM research realises Māori aspirations for positive engagement in national life, enhances the recognition of our excellence in Indigenous scholarship both nationally and internationally and provides solutions to major challenges facing humanity in local and global settings. Our entire research programme is Māori designed and led. 

Leading the organisation of this conference are committee members:

Dr Jamie Ataria - Abstract Committee Co-Chair (Ecotoxicologist at Lincoln University; and, Māori business development manager at the Cawthron Institute)
Dr Maria Bargh - Political Panel Co-Lead (Head of Te Kawa a Māui School of Māori Studies, Victoria University of Wellington)
Marie-Chanel Berghan - Conference Manager (Business and Publications Manager, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga secretariat)
Mike Hennessy - Communications and Media Lead (Media and Communications Advisor, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga secretariat)
Dr Te Taka Keegan (senior lecturer in Computer Science, University of Waikato) 
Colleen Leauanae - Conference Dinner Co-Lead (Manager: Projects and Strategic Initiatives, Auckland University of Technology)
Melanie Mark-Shadbolt - Political Panel Co-Lead (Māori Research and Development Coordinator, Bio-Protection Research Centre)
Dr Morehu McDonald - Abstract Committee Member (Te Ihu Takiwā Rangahau Research Advisor, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa)
Te Kororia Netana-Rakete
- Abstract Committee Coordinator (Publications Coordinator, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga secretariat)
Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora - Conference Co-Chair (Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland)
Dr Karyn Paringatai - 3MT® Three Minute Thesis Competition Lead (senior lecturer in Te Tumu School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, University of Otago)
Professor Jacinta Ruru - Conference - Co-Chair (Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Professor of Law, University of Otago)
Paora Sharples - Conference Tikanga Lead (Kaihautu Tikanga, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga secretariat)
Dr Valance Smith - Abstract Committee Member, Ka Haka and Conference Dinner Co-Lead (lecturer in Te Ara Poutama Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology)
Dr Emma Wyeth - Abstract Committee Chair (senior lecturer in Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and Director of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit, University of Otago)