Te Whare Rangahau Māori o Hemi Henare | Our Centre

Ko te Kuini o Ingarani ka wakarite ka wakaae ki nga Rangatira ki nga hapu - ki nga tangata katoa o Nu Tirani te tino rangatiratanga o o ratou wenua o ratou kainga me o ratou taonga katoa.

In supporting the University’s commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, the James Henare Māori Research Centre conducts its research having particular regard for the foregoing guarantee in Article 2 of the Treaty.


  • Ko te rangatiratanga o te wahine nei he atawhai ki nga tangata o tona iwi
  • Ko ngā kurī purepure o Tāmaki e kore e ngaro i te pō
  • Titiro atu ki te taumata o te moana

The Centre focuses on providing excellent research to empower Māori groups living within the northern tribal district of Te Tai Tokerau. This extends from Tāmaki River in Auckland to Te Rēinga.

The Centre aims to be the leading organisation to research the social, cultural and economic well-being and advancement of Tai Tokerau people by:
  • contributing to Māori social, cultural and economic well-being and advancement through its research programmes and activities
  • focusing the University’s research expertise on the needs of Tai Tokerau, with national and international links.

It was established in 1993 and named in honour of the late Sir James Henare, an eminent Ngāti Hine leader and scholar. Sir James played a key role in impressing on the University the importance of honouring its responsibilities in these matters.

The centre itself has a very small core staff. Most work is carried out by interdisciplinary research teams drawn from across the University. Where appropriate, this also includes other institutions and organisations, as well as working through wider iwi connections and Māori research kaupapa that generate outcomes relevant for Te Tai Tokerau. The Centre also undertakes facilitative and coordinating roles.

Activities include:

  • responding to research requests from Māori authorities, organisations, communities and agencies 
  • seeking funding for research programmes 
  • using qualified and skilled research staff for projects 
  • developing Māori research capacity within and outside the University 
  • delivering research-based information within Māori communities and organisations
  • research on behalf of government departments and other organisations.