What we do
Te Mata o Te Tau brings together Māori scholars from a range of disciplines, departments and research centres.
We promote Māori academic advancement and have strong ties with other academic and research bodies at Massey, in Aotearoa New Zealand, and internationally.
We aim to:
- advance Māori scholarship
- provide a forum for Māori scholars to collaborate across disciplines and subject areas
- promote high-quality research that contributes to new knowledge and positive Māori development
- create leadership opportunities for Māori academics at Massey
- foster links with wider Māori research interests and indigenous communities.
Te Mata o Te Tau was launched in 2003–2004 to coincide with the appearance of the constellation of stars known as Matariki.
The name Te Mata o te Tau relates to Matariki, the promise of a fruitful year. It symbolises the advancement of knowledge.
Professor Taiarahia Black described this in his doctoral thesis:
Matariki atua, ka eke mai i te rangi e roa, e whangai iho ki te mata o te tau, e roa e, hei tuku i ngā wānanga i ngā kai ki te ao mārama.
Who we are
The academy has two main categories of membership.
- Ngā Pūkenga (Fellows)
- Ngā Ākonga (Associates).
Ngā Pūkenga, Fellows
The academy’s Foundation Fellows were on staff at Massey in 2003 or have been full professors at Massey. All are Māori academics who hold doctoral degrees from a New Zealand university.
Current Massey staff:
- Professor Robert Jahnke, Professor of Māori Visual Arts, College of Creative Arts
- Professor Chris Cunningham, Research Centre for Hauora and Health
- Dr Farah Palmer, School of Management
Former Massey staff:
- Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie
- Dr Maureen Holdaway
- Professor Taiarahia Black
- Professor Lady Arohia Durie
- Professor Cindy Kiro
- Associate Professor Jill Bevan Brown
- Dr Danny Keenan
- Professor Te Kani Kingi
- Dr Stephanie Palmer
- Dr Leland Ruwhiu
- Dr Monty Soutar
Current Massey staff:
- Professor Huia Tomlins-Jahnke, Professor of Māori and Indigenous Education, Te Putahi-a-Toi
- Professor Jonathan Procter, School of Agriculture and Environment
- Professor Nick Roskruge, School of Agriculture and Environment
- Professor Rangi Mātāmua, Professor of Mātauranga Māori, Te Putahi-a-Toi
- Professor Christine Kenney, School of Psychology
- Associate Professor Fiona Te Momo, Te Putahi-a-Toi
- Associate Professor Natasha Tassell-Matamua, School of Psychology
- Dr Shirley Barnett, School of Management
- Dr Simon Bennett, School of Psychology
- Dr Hukarere Valentine, School of Psychology
- Dr Sharon Henare, School of Health Sciences
Former Massey staff:
- Professor Denise Wilson
- Professor Annemarie Gillies
- Dr Amohia Boulton
- Dr Bronwyn Campbell
- Dr Elisabeth Ellison-Lochmann
- Dr Heather Gifford
- Dr Manuhuia Barcham
- Dr Guy Scott
- Dr Paul Hirini
- Dr Selwyn Katene
- Dr Tanira Kingi
- Dr Kara Mihaere
- Dr Sarah-Jane Paine
- Dr Lynne Russell
- Dr Nicole Coupe
- Dr Janice Wenn
- Dr James Graham
- Dr Lily George
- Dr Virginia Warriner
- Dr Wayne Ngata
- Dr Hope Tupara
Ngā Pūkenga Taiea, Honorary Fellows
Te Ariki Nui Sir Tumu Te Heuheu
Dr Dennis McDermott
Ngā Akonga, Associate Members
All Māori academic staff at Massey
All Māori master’s and doctoral students
Tātai Hono Pukeahu Professor Chris Cunningham
Publications and resources
Guide to good teaching practice
This guide is relevant for all teaching staff at Massey. It aims to help you reflect critically on your teaching practice and consider how you might better cater to Māori students.
It also lists resources you can use to help improve learning and further increase the success of Māori students.
Durie, M. (2005). Ngā Tai Matatū: Tides of Māori Endurance. Oxford University Press.
Durie, M. (2004). Ngā Kāhui Pou: Launching Māori Futures. Huia Publishers.
Durie, M. (2004). Māori. In C. R. Ember, & M. Ember (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Vol. 2. Cultures (pp. 815-822). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
Baxter, J., Durie, M. H., Kingi, T K., & Tapsell, R. (2006). Māori. In M. Oakley-Brown, J. Wells, K. Scott (Eds.), Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Psychiatric Epidemiology Study (pp.139-178). Ministry of Health.
Other academic and research centres
Māori academic and research centres
He Pukenga Kōrero
University of Auckland
Auckland University of Technology
University of Waikato
Victoria University of Wellington
University of Canterbury
University of Otago
Māori academic publications
Crown research institutes
Indigenous research centres, sites or forums
Postgraduate student support
Massey offers doctoral study support for Māori doctoral students via Te Wheke a Toi: The International Indigenous Centre for Critical Doctoral Studies.
Contact Dr Monica Koia if you have any questions.
For all enquiries and information about Te Mata o te Tau, contact Dr Monica Koia.