Pre-Conference Workshops & Events

On the Monday before the start of this year's International Indigenous Research Conference, NPM hosted three important pre-conference workshops.

Indigenous Data - Indigenous Sovereignty Pre-Conference Workshop
Indigenous Food Sovereignty Pre-Conference Workshop
Early Career & Post Graduate Pre-Conference Workshop
MAI Te Kupenga Breakfast
NPM Book Launch
Conference & Dinner Registration
3-Minute Thesis Competition

Indigenous Data - Indigenous Sovereignty Workshop

Monday 14 November
9am - 5pm
Fale Pasifika, Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, 20 Wynyard Street

This pre-conference summit focused on Indigenous Data Sovereignty (ID-Sov) and its application in a range of national and local settings. The one day event is pitched at a broad audience and is designed to stimulate focused discussion and action for change. 

Critical questions to be explored include: What does ID-Sov mean? What are the philosophical and legal foundations for ID-Sov? How can Indigenous rights and interests in data be secured? Who benefits from ID-Sov and how? 

Speakers include Ceal Tournier (First Nations Information Governance Centre, Canada), Rawiri Jansen (Te ORA), Will Edwards (Data Iwi Leadership Group), Maggie Walter, Maiam nayri Wingara (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ID-Sov group) and Vanessa Clark (Maori ICT Fund).

Numbers are restricted. Please register for the Indigenous Sovereignty workshop here.

Kai mārika ("Absolutely Food"): Indigenous Food Sovereignty Workshop

Monday 14 November
9am - 5pm
Owen G Glenn Building, Decima Glenn Room 310, Level 3, Business School, University of Auckland, Grafton Road

Hosted by the Mira Szászy Research Center and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) this workshop was a conversation about Indigenous food sovereignty, and is designed to connect Indigenous scholars from across Aotearoa and the world who are working on or interested in working on Indigenous food sovereignty. 

The goal of the day is to help create more of a global network of scholars working on Indigenous food sovereignty, which could then lead to a stronger research community and potential collaborations that could benefit Indigenous communities who are pursuing food sovereignty projects.

Speakers at this workshop will include Professor Kyle Powys Whyte (Michigan State University) and Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare (University of Auckland), and will also include presentations from others active in this area of research including scholars from abroad who may present some thoughts for the group via Skype or a recorded message.

Numbers are restricted. Please register for the Food Sovereignty Workshop here.

Indigenous Early Career & Post-Graduate Workshop

Monday 14 November
9am - 5pm
Waipapa Marae, Māori Studies, University of Auckland, 16 Wynyard Street

This workshop provided an opportunity to discuss and share research theories, methods and publishing practices as well as delivering a chance for networking with your peers. 

The discussion will be a mix of informal, interactive and round-table sessions with international and national academics who already have successful research careers, and will also provide a special insight into a new research project focused on the early careers of Māori/Indigenous researchers.

The day will be hosted by Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith (Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi) and Dr Meegan Hall (Victoria University of Wellington).

Speakers also include Dr Donna DeGennaro (Unlocking Silent Histories and University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Dr Carwyn Jones (Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington), Dr Marama Muru-Lanning (James Henare Research Centre, University of Auckland), Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai (Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development) Dr Amohia Boulton (Whakauae Research Services Limited) and Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki (University of Waikato), Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (Te Mata Punenga o Te Kotahi) and Ms Rangimarie Mahuika, University of Waikato.

Numbers are restricted. Please register for the Early Career Workshop here.

MAI Te Kupenga Conference Breakfast

Hosted by Dr Mera Lee-Penehira the MAI Te Kupenga Breakfast was held on Monday 14 November (7am – 9am) prior to the pre-conference workshops – at Waipapa Marae, Māori Studies, University of Auckland, 16 Wynyard Street.

The focus is on Māori and Indigenous (MAI) Students and recent graduates – the MAI Te Kupenga network and our visiting Indigenous students.

The guest speaker at this event will be Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Academic Director of Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development. Sarah-Jane was appointed the inaugural Academic Director of the College in May 2010.

The College is a Waikato-Tainui tribal institution which has a focus on developing leadership, engaging in innovative research and development initiatives and working towards the preservation and maintenance of tribal culture and heritage. 

Numbers are limited. Please register on our conference website here.

Waipapa Marae 
Department of Māori Studies
The University of Auckland 
16 Wynyard Street


NPM Book Launch

Two books will be launched on the evening of Monday 14 November

  • Diversity in community: Indigenous scholars Writing - edited by Drs' Mere Kepa and Cheryl Stephens and published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research
  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda - edited by John Taylor and Tahu Kukutai and published by the Australian National University Press.

Date: Monday 14 November 2016

Time: 5pm - 6pm

Waipapa Marae 
Department of Māori Studies
The University of Auckland 
16 Wynyard Street

Please register to attend this book launch on our conference website.