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Today’s Māori Research Symposium – Kaitiakitaka – showcased a wide range of research concerned with human and environmental issues.

The purpose of the Māori Research Symposium is to promote original Māori-led or Māori-partnered research which nurtures emergent and leading Māori students, staff and scholars conducted at Otago Polytechnic and across Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Hosted by Te Kura Matatini ki Ōtāgo/Otago Polytechnic at its Forth Street Campus in Ōtepoti/Dunedin, the Māori Research Symposium follows the successful Tā Moko Symposium 2014 and the Mauri Ora: Human Flourishing Symposium in 2018.

Following a mihi whakatau, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Dr Megan Gibbons (Ngā Puhi) opened the symposium.

“The research presented today by our wider whānau around the concept of Kaitiatitika is appropriate as Covid has taught us the importance of looking after our whānau, our hāpori and our whenua,” Dr Gibbons says. 

“As we move towards a true partnership-based model, this research symposium is another step on the journey, and is underpinned by our Māori Strategic Framework and Te Pae Tawhiti, Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework of Te Pūkenga.

Keynote speaker Associate Professor Carla Houkamou (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāi Tahu) delivered her address remotely to a large gathering in the Hub. This was followed by a range of presentations delivered across campus, before second keynote speaker, Dr Eruera Tarena, completed the offical discourse and the event came to an end.

Published on 3 Dec 2020

Orderdate: 3 Dec 2020
Expiry: 31 Jan 2023