International Indigenous Research Conference: 15 - 18 November, 2016
Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland | New Zealand

Conference Themes

Our November 2016 conference was structured around Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga's key research themes for the next five years;

  • Whai Rawa – Prosperous Indigenous Economies
  • Te Tai Ao – Healthy Natural Environments
  • Mauri Ora – Indigenous Human Flourishing
  • Mahi Auaha – Creative Indigenous Innovation  
  • Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori – Thriving Indigenous Languages and Cultures

These five thematic areas and the conference itself was supported and delivered through a programme of Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori.

2016 Conference Handbook & Proceedings

NPM's 2016 International Indigenous Research Conference begins on Tuesday 15th November and the team at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga are hard at work preparing for what will be a huge week.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Waipapa Marae and the University of Auckland. We have almost 500 people attending from more than 50 tribal nations around New Zealand and the world. 

NPM Conference: Movie Night

At this year's conference we will be holding a movie night on the evening of Thursday 17 November, screening the award winning films - The Price of Peace, Te Mana o te Moana and The Dark Horse.

Each of the three films will be followed by a Q & A session with special, invited guests. Attendance is free for all conference attendees, but you must register below to save your space! 


2016 Registration costs:

NZ $550 Full Registration

NZ $600 Full Registration - Standard

NZ $250 Single Day Registration

NZ $300 Student Registration - Earlybird

NZ $350 Student Registration - Standard

NZ $200 Student Registration - Single Day

The above fees included admission to all of the sessions, as well as morning and afternoon tea and all lunches over the four days of the conference.

Previous Conferences

Previous Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) conferences have been held in Auckland to wide acclaim - highlighting not only our mutual indigeneity, but also the multidisciplinary approach that is essential for indigenous development.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Kyle Powys Whyte

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Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte (Potawatomi) holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. 

Professor Sir Mason Durie

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Sir Mason Durie KNZM FRSNZ FRANZCP (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa) is one of New Zealand’s most respected academics, and was knighted in 2010 for services to public and Māori health.

He has a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Otago, and has focused on improving Māori health outcomes for much of his career. In 1988 he was appointed Professor and Head of Te Pūtahi-ā-Toi, School of Māori Studies at Massey University and subsequent to that was appointed Chair of Māori Research and Development in 2002.

Justice Joe Williams

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Joe Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga, Waitaha, Tapuika) is a High Court Judge and former Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal. He is an internationally recognised expert in indigenous rights law and one of New Zealand’s leading specialists on Māori land and legal issues.

Dr Donna DeGennaro

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Dr Donna DeGennaro teaches at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her passion for creating socially focused just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven, has fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the US and abroad for the past 10 years.

Patrick Kelly

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Patrick Kelly (T’esots’en. Leq'á:mel First Nation) is a member of the Leq:amel First Nation (Sto:lo Nation.)  He operates a consulting business and was Advisor and Director of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. He has previously been an Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of BC, and in December 2010, Patrick was appointed as Governor of the Law Foundation of BC.

Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh

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Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) has presented internationally on her groundbreaking research. She is an Associate Professor and teaches in the sociology and criminology programme at the University of Auckland. Her current areas of research are women in prison - particularly Māori women, while she also while also looking at male ex-prisoners with gang associations.She is particularly interested in looking at the intergenerational transfer of social inequalities, focusing the prison situation in New Zealand where the country has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world and also one of the highest levels of racial disproportionality.

Professor Jacinta Ruru

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Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto) is co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and Professor of Law at the University of Otago and has presented widely at conferences around the world. Her research (and more than 90 associated publications) has focused on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries.