Māori Studies research aims

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei. Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

We draw on mātauranga Māori to create new wisdom and understanding and build on both disciplinary and Indigenous knowledge for the benefit of communities, the nation and the global community.

In our research we aim to empower Indigenous people, through centring Māori worldviews, using kaupapa Māori methodologies and through challenging the taken-for-granted.

The ultimate goal of our research is transformative change, making a difference in people's lives. It's not about research for research's sake. It's not about research for academic promotion. It's about research that is felt by our communities.

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora


Our research work is guided by these principles:

  • Manaakitanga — nurturing students and supporting researcher teams
  • Whanaungatanga — collaborating and upholding meaningful relationships
  • Rangatiratanga — maintaining our distinctiveness and autonomy


Our two main research emphases are:

  1. Te reo and tikanga Māori
  2. Māori and Indigenous aspirations and contemporary challenges including wellbeing, social justice, rangatiratanga, resistance and revitalisation


  • Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
  • New Zealand Institute of Pacific Studies
  • James Henare Māori Research Centre
  • Archive of Māori and Pacific Music
  • Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Indigenous Peoples and the Law
  • Te Puna Wānanga / School of Māori and Indigenous Education
  • Te Kupenga Hauora Māori