Centre for global indigenous leadership at Massey


Dr Selwyn Katene.


Massey University is seeking to add a Global Centre for Indigenous Leadership to the work being done by the team at Te Puna Whakatipu.

It will be led by Dr Selwyn Katene, in the role of establishment director and Professor in Māori and Indigenous Leadership. Dr Katene, of Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāruahine and Ngāti Tama, has been Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika at Massey for the past four years. 

The mission of the centre is to build indigenous leadership capacity and capability through the design and delivery of multi-faceted projects that incorporate research, teaching, consulting, engagement, policy formulation and programme development activities to advance indigenous leadership, delivered by interdisciplinary teams from within Massey and internationally.

Dr Katene is an experienced senior manager in the private sector and public service. Before his current role he was director of the Massey-led inter-university Māori academy MANU AO (Māori Academic Network across Universities in Aotearoa), which was set up to advance Māori leadership and scholarship and strengthen links between academics and professionals.

He has published several books on Māori leadership in recent years including The Spirit of Maori Leadership (2013), He Korero Anamata: Future Challenges for Maori (2013), Turning the Hearts of the Children: Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church (2014) and Fire That Kindles Hearts: Ten Maori Scholars (2015). 

Te Puna was established in January 2014 to lead pan-university initiatives. These currently include the agrifood business strategy, FoodHQ and the sustainability strategy – as well as identifying and leading revenue-generating business opportunities.

It has four directors – executive director and director of agrifood business Professor Claire Massey, business innovation director Professor Hamish Gow, sustainability director Dr Allanah Ryan and strategic partnerships director and FoodHQ director Mark Ward.

Dr Katene will take up the position on November 28.

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