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Dr Margaret Forster

Senior Lecturer

Te Putahi-a-Toi

Director, Bachelor of Arts (Programme)

CoHSS - Deputy PVC's Office

Rongomaiwāhine, Ngāti Kahungunu

Margaret teaches in the area of Māori knowledge and development and supervises postgraduate research on a range of topics related to the adaptation and resilience of Māori culture. Her research interests are focused around cultural and social sustainability and include an exploration of Māori relationships with whenua, Māori-state resource management relations, and cultural and ethical issues related to engagement with Māori.

Research Expertise

Research Interests

cultural and social sustainability

kaitiakitanga

Māori development

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Maori Society (169904)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1
Team Member 0 1

Current Projects

Project Title: HRC - Sharon Awatere - Maori elders' wellbeing and resilience indicator: measuring iwi health outcome

Date Range: 2013 - 2017

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Herbert, S., Forster, ME., & stephens, C. (2017). Socially based trajectories of alcohol use among indigenous Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Critical Public Health.
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M., Stephens, C.
Forster, ME. (2017). Indigenous environmental autonomy in Aotearoa New Zealand. AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous scholarship. 12(3), 316-330
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Herbert, S., Forster, M., McCreanor, T., & Stephens, C. (2017). The social context of alcohol use among Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Reflections of life experiences of alcohol use by older Māori.. International Journal of Indigenous Health. 12(1), 57-74
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M., McCreanor, T., Stephens, C.
O'Neill, JG., Forster, M., MacIntyre, L., Rona, S., & Tu'Imana, L. (2017). Towards an ethic of cultural responsiveness in researching Māori and Tongan children's learning in everyday settings. International Journal of Inclusive Education. 21(3), 286-298
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M., O'Neill, J.
ware, F., breheny, M., & Forster, ME. (2016). The politics of government ‘support’ in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Reinforcing and reproducing the poor citizenship of young Māori parents. Critical Social Policy. , 1-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.
Pizzirani, S., McLaren, SJ., Forster, ME., Pohatu, P., Porou, TTW., & Warmenhoven, TA. (2016). The distinctive recognition of culture within LCSA: realising the quadruple bottom line. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. , 1-20
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M., McLaren, S.
Forster, ME., Palmer, F., & Barnett, S. (2016). Karanga mai ra: Stories of Māori women as leaders. Leadership. 12(3), 324-345
[Journal article]Authored by: Barnett, S., Forster, M., Palmer, F.
Forster, ME. (2014). Indigeneity and trends in recognizing Maori environmental interests in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 20(1), 63-78
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2013). Imagining new futures: Kaitiakitanga and Agri-Foods.. New Zealand Sociology. 28(4), 9-32
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Joseph, DJ. (2011). Huahuatau, Kupu Whakarite: He aha te rerekētanga?. He Pukenga Kōrero. 10(1), 32-41
[Journal article]Edited by: Forster, M., Morris, J.
Forster, ME., & Tomlins-Jahnke, H. (2011). Tikanga Māori in the workplace. He Pukenga Korero. 10(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2011). The dynamics of hapū research relationships. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online.
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2010). He pukenga kōrero: A journal of māori studies. He Pukenga Korero: A journal of Māori Studies. 9(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2009). He pukenga kōrero: A journal of māori studies. He Pukenga Korero: A Journal of Maori studies. 9(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2007). He Pukenga Korero: A Journal of Maori Studies. 8(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2007). He Pukenga Korero - A Journal of Maori Studies.
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2007). Maumahara: Linking the past, the present and the future. Women's Studies Journal. 21(2), 83-99
[Journal article]Authored by: Forster, M.

Book

ware, F., breheny, M., & Forster, ME. (2017). Reproducing the precarious position of young Māori mothers in Aotearoa New Zealand. In S. groot, N. tassell-matamua, C. van Ommen, & B. Masters-Awatere (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 136 - 146). : Massey Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.
Warren, KTR., Forster, ME., & Tawhai, V. (2017). Tangata whenua: Māori identity and belonging. In T. Cain, E. Kahu, & RH. Shaw (Eds.) Tūrangawaewae: Identity and belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 53 - 69). 2017: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M.Edited by: Cain, T.
Jahnke, H., & Forster, M. (2015). Waewae takamiria: Caress the Land with out Footsteps. In S. Huaman, & S. Bharath (Eds.) Indigenous Innovation: Universalities and Peculiarities. (pp. 43 - 56). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M., Jahnke, H.
Tomlins-Jahnke, H., & Forster, M. (2015). Waewaetakamiria: Caress the land with our footsteps. In Indigenous Innovation: Universalities and Peculiarities. (pp. 43 - 55).
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M., Jahnke, H.
Forster, ME. (2013). Kaitiakitanga as Environmental Leadership. In P. Whitinui, M. Glover, & D. Hikuroa (Eds.) Ara Mai He Tetekura - Visioning Our Futures. New and emerging pathways of Maori academic leadership.. (pp. 112 - 120).
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2013). Ara Mai He Tetekura - Visioning Our Futures. New and emerging pathways of Maori academic leadership. In P. Whitinui, M. Glover, & D. Hikuroa (Eds.) Ara Mai He Tetekura - Visioning Our Futures. New and emerging pathways of Maori academic leadership.
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2011). Kaitiakitanga: A Māori Environmental Ethic. In H. Jahnke, & M. Mulholland (Eds.) Mana Tangata: Politics of empowerment. Wellington: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M.Edited by: Jahnke, H., Mulholland, M.
Forster, ME. (2010). Recovering our ancestral landscapes: A wetland's story. In R. Selby, P. Moore, & M. Mulholland (Eds.) Maori and the Environment: Kaitiaki. (pp. 199 - 218). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M.

Creative Work

Forster, ME., & Gillies, A.(2001). Ngati Kahungunu iwi. Maraenui Te Kohanga Reo: unknown
[Film or Video]Authored by: Forster, M.

Thesis

Forster, ME. (2012). Hei whenua papatipu: Kaitiakitanga and the politics of enhancing the mauri of wetlands. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Forster, M.

Report

The Arts Qualification Review Working Party, .(2014). Redesigning the BA: Recommendations for the Pro Vice Chancellor.
[Technical Report]Contributed to by: Forster, M.
Batten, L., Chainey, B., Forster, ME., & Pause, C.(2014). Massey's Got Talent: Staff engagement and talent management at Massey University..
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L., Chainey, B., Forster, M., Pause, C.
Shaw, RH., Lineham, P., Morgan, C., Hansen, S., Forster, M., watson, G., . . . Bunnell, J.(2014). Redesigning the BA: Recommendations prepared for the Pro Vice Chancellor by the Arts Qualification Review Working Party. Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Coleman, J., Forster, M., Hansen, S., Lineham, P., Morgan, C., Shaw, R., Watson, G.
Forster, ME. (2007). Session summaries: Regional pacific ethics of knowledge production workshop.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Jahnke, HT., Forster, ME., & Gillies, A. (2005). Ngā taonga o Tangaroa research project. Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Forster, M., Jahnke, H.
Forster, ME.(2003). First wave source document. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME., Gillies, A., & Tomlins Jahnke, H.(2003). Nga Taonga o Tangaroa research project: Interview summaries. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, School of Maori Studies, Te Putahi-a-Toi
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2001). The baseline and second wave results for Auckland regional sample in the Te Hoe Huku Roa Project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2001). Baseline and second wave results for the overall sample in the Te Hoe Huku Roa project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2001). Baseline and second wave results for the under 15 sample from all four regions in the Te Hoe Huku Roa Project. Palmerston, North: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2001). Regional comparisons of the second wave in the Te Hoe Huku Roa Project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te hoe nuku roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2000). Second wave results for the Wellington region in the Te Hoe Huku Roa project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2000). Baseline and second wave descriptive results for Manawatu Whanganui regional sample in the Te Hoe Huku Roa Project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2000). The baseline and second wave results for the Gisborne region in the Te Hoe Huku Roa Project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME.(2000). The second wave results of the Te Hoe Huku Roa project. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University, Te Hoe Nuku Roa
[Technical Report]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2000). Access to Te Ao Maori. Massey University, Department of Maori Studies.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Forster, M.

Conference

Hazou, RT., Forster, M., & Mclennan, S.Encountering Group Work in Tū Rangaranga. . Massey University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Forster, M., Hazou, R., McLennan, S.
Forster, ME. (2014, November). Water security and indigenous agency in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at Agrifood XXI 21st conference of the Australasian Agri-Food Research Network. Food People Planet.. The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern, NSW; The University of Sydney, Australia..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
O'Neill, JG., Rona, S., Tu'imana, L., Forster, M., & MacIntyre, L.Researching children's voices in culturally and socio-economically diverse family settings. . Brisbane, Australia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Forster, M., MacIntyre, L., O'Neill, J.Edited by: O'Neill, J.
Forster, ME. (2013, July). Recognising indigenous environmental interests: Lessons form Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at International Political Science Association, Research Committee 14: Politics and Ethnicity. The Politics of Indigenous Identity: National and International Perspectives. Dunmore Lang College, Macquarie University, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2013, December). Sustaining customary relationships with whenua. Presented at SAANZ Conference. Auckland University, Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2013, July). Recognising Indigenous Environmental Interests: Lesson from Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at International Political Science Association, Research Committee 14: Politics and Ethnicity, ‘The Politics of Indigenous Identity: National and International Perspectives’. Dunmore Lang College, Macquarie University, Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2012, December). Imagining new futures: Kaitiakitanga and Agri-Foods. Presented at Agrifoods XIX. The 19th conference of the Australian and New Zealand Agrifood Research Network. Histories/Futures.. Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2012, November). Reconnecting with whenua. Presented at Research Reconnect Rebuild: MASS Conference Waitaha 2012. Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2012, December). Imagining new futures: Kaitiakitanga and Agri-Foods. Presented at Agri-Food XIX. Histories/Futures. Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2012, November). Reconnecting with whenua. Presented at Research, reconnect, rebuild. Māori Association of Social Science Conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, M. (2010, November). What is the role of the state in facilitating Kaitiakitanga. Presented at Mana Kaitiaki - Indigenous Planning and Environmental Decision Making. Whakatane, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, M. (2010, December). Hapū expectations of research. Presented at Māori Association of Social Science 2010 Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2009, November). Recovering our ancestral landscapes: A wetland's story. Presented at Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference. Massey University, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Jahnke, H., & Forster, ME. (2009, November). Sustaining culture and identity in contemporary tribal organisations. Presented at Massey University College of Business Sustainability Conference. Massey University, Albany Campus, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M., Jahnke, H.
Forster, M. (2010). Contestable Spaces: Expanding our cultural landscape into the academy. Critical MASS: Maori Association of Social Science. (pp. 32 - 44).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2008, March). Indigenous leadership and knowledge exchange: Building the capacity of indigenous communities through wetland restoration. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. New York, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2006). The oral tradition as a measure of cultural well-being. Matauranga Taketake: Traditional Knowledge Indigenous Indicators of Well-Being: Perspectives, Practices, Solutions. (pp. 99 - 104).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Forster, M.
Jahnke, H., Forster, ME., & Tinirau, ET. (2006, June). Implementing cultural indicators for tribal governance, service provision and researching social histories. Presented at Matauranga Taketake: Traditional Knowledge 2006. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M., Jahnke, H.
Forster, ME. (2003). Te hoe huku roa: A journey towards Maori centered research. Journal of Ethnobotany Research & Application. Vol. 1 (pp. 47 - 54). Online: Building Bridges with Traditional Knowledge
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2000, November). Being Maori in the context of poverty, prosperity and progress. Presented at 2nd Biennial Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DEVNET) Conference: Poverty, Prosperity, Progress. Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.

Other

Forster, ME. (2017, August). Becoming a tiriti-led University. In Feature presentation to Massey University learning and teaching symposium.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2015, April). Indigeneity and natural resource management: Cross cultural research symposium.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2014, July). He Pūkenga Kōrero: Building capacity for inclusive governance.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2014, February). Ki uta ki tai: A Māori view of wise water management. In Public Lecture at City Library Sound and Vision.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME. (2013, November). Māori and Research. In Te Kunenga ki Purehūroa Library.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Forster, M.
Forster, ME., Gillies, A., & Tomlins Jahnke, H. (2001). Fieldbook manual. Massey University, School of Maori Studies, Te Putahi-a-Toi
[Other]Authored by: Forster, M.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 5 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Sharon Awatere - PhD
    Pou Rewarewa: Kaumatua standing tall like the Rewarewa tree eh - that’s cool! Older whanau in Hawke’s Bay talk about living with osteoarthritis

CoSupervisor of:

  • Brendan Stevenson - PhD
    Measuring Maori Identity and Health: Maori Differentiated Cultural Cohorts
  • Karen Seccombe - PhD
    WAI the Women's Art Initiative: art making in response to violence
  • Stephan Gibbs - PhD
    Toi Tamanuhiri - "Hua Uri Kuri" Te Hoe Nukuroa A-Hoe! Exhibition -Tairawhiti Museum Artefact?
  • Felicity Ware - PhD
    Whanau kopepe: Young Maori parents experiences of raising a family
  • Sarah Herbert - PhD
    Alcohol Use and Older Maori in Aotearoa

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Stefania Maria Pizzirani - PhD
    A culturally focused life cycle sustainability assessment: Analysis of forestry value chain options with Maori land owners
  • 2015 - Carole Ann Fernandez - PhD
    Whakawhirinakitanga Ahua: Exploring a Maori model of health service delivery

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