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Barnes, H. (2000) 'Kaupapa Māori: Explaining the ordinary'. Whariki Research Group, Massey University.

This paper gives an overview of our kaupapa and processes as Maori researchers within a university institution.

Kaupapa Māori: Explaining the ordinary (53 kb)


Lee, Jenny Bol Jun. (2005). 'Māori cultural regeneration: Pūrākau as pedagogy'. Paper presented at Centre for Research in Lifelong learning International Conference, Stirling, Scotland.   

A pūrākau approach to narrative research is an emerging conceptual framework; still largely experimental, this paper explores the pedagogical potential of a purākau method as a research tool in my current doctoral study about ako (Māori pedagogy) and Māori teachers.

Māori cultural regeneration: Pūrākau as pedagogy (117 kb)    View Jenny's full thesis here

Building Baseline Data on Māori, Whānau Development and Māori realising their Potential: Literature Review Reports

The following three literature reviews were commissioned by Te Puni Kokiri in 2005 as a part of the development of a body of literature that related to the 'Maori Realising Their Potential' policy development. The reports were written by Senior Researchers at the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education (IRI). Te Puni Kokiri have given permission for these reports to be made available on this site.

Facilitating Engagement (287 kb)

Developing Leadership (312 kb)

Innovation and Enterprise (270 kb)


MATARĀKAU; Ngā kōrero mō ngā rongoāo Taranaki

Karangaora is a whänau of healers who connect to each of the iwi in the Taranaki region. We are a Taranaki Mäori Health Provider specialising in traditional healing practices. As a part of further developing our own knowledge we believed that it was necessary to include a research focus to our mahi.  This research project was born out of that need and is named 'Mataräkau'. Mataräkau is a symbolic expression of the eyes of the räkau that oversee our use of rongoä.  Whakapapa is a key element in the existence of traditional healing and carries with it the stories of relationships. We seek to reclaim those stories surrounding traditional healing.  Mataräkau explores the in depth knowledge of kuia and koroheke of the Taranaki region in regard to traditional healing practices.  Mataräkau is a project that has grown from the experiences of Mäori health workers and in particular those that work in the area of traditional healing. 

 Matarakāu Report