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Kimihia Rangahaua: Te Tai Tokerau Research Symposium

  • Te Pūna o Mātauranga Marae, Northtec 51 Raumanga Valley Road Whangarei, Northland, 0110 New Zealand (map)

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Massey University in collaboration with NorthTec, Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi o Ngāpuhi and Ngātiwai Education invite you to attend the Te Tai Tokerau Research Symposium.

The Symposium seeks to invigorate research activity in Te Tai Tokerau by exploring possibilities for future research collaboration on community / hapū / iwi-identified issues as we engage with the continuous journey of searching and researching for knowledge.

Community members and students attend free!  Register Now!

Keynote Kaikōrero

Associate Professor Manuka Henare, Moe Milne, Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Background Info

The primary purpose of the Symposium is bringing Te Tai Tokerau communities together with universities to explore possibilities for future research collaboration on community / hapū / iwi-identified issues - a beginning point for discussions on development of shared approaches and how to work best in our diversity. A primary question is therefore - How can research best serve northern whānau, hapū, iwi and communities? Other questions include – What projects have happened or are happening in Te Tai Tokerau? What issues are of importance to those in local communities? What are the challenges which face us in development of research collaborations? How can we develop strategies and frameworks to work best together? 

Although including areas of deprivation and associated social issues, Te Tai Tokerau is also an area of great potential which can be maximised by development of its people and other resources. Substantial Treaty-claims settlements are yet to be allocated, but which signal the future influx of economic resources into Te Tai Tokerau, helping to build educational opportunities and achievement, and break down barriers which inhibit health, social, economic and spiritual wellbeing for the Māori in Northland and other parts of Te Tai Tokerau. Research plays an important part in this development, in the maximizing of resource potential (including human), and in building a better future for ngā uri o Te Tai Tokerau.

This two day Event will bring together Māori people from communities, organisations, whānau, hapū and iwi within Te Tai Tokerau with researchers and academics in order to discuss issues concerned with the use of research as a development tool. This may pave a smoother pathway for future research projects in Te Tai Tokerau as suspicions are allayed through familiarity and growing trust and respect for research, Māori researchers and universities generally. It will also develop a greater appreciation of the expertise held in local communities by those located in universities and other organisations external to Te Tai Tokerau.

We would seek to inspire and encourage future generations with the presence of ngā uri o Te Tai Tokerau from local colleges and tertiary institutions who will have free entry to the Symposium. This can help break down barriers, identify areas of interest and ignite passions for the taitamariki, and therefore help build the future potential and resource of Te Tai Tokerau. Taitamariki will be an important part of the Symposium, enabling the voices of our future to be heard and contribute to research development, and therefore development of our people and places.

This Event can therefore be seen as a beginning for cohesive and coordinated research development in Te Tai Tokerau, based on issues of importance identified by Te Tai Tokerau whānau, hapū, iwi and communities, with projects led by Te Tai Tokerau people, for the benefit of Te Tai Tokerau people and their communities.


Dr Lily George, Project Manager, PH: (027) 278 7405, Email:

Yvonne Wiki, Co-ordinator, PH: (021) 607 997, Email:

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