Research projects

View the current staff research projects in Te Kawa a Māui.

Research is a core activity of academic life and students are trained in the skills of research through their academic careers. Academic staff are all engaged in research activities of various kinds. Some of the projects are quite small and can be worked on by one researcher in isolation. Other projects are bigger and often need teams of researchers from different disciplines to complete them. Academic staff in Māori Studies are currently involved in both sorts of projects.

Some of the current research projects underway in Māori Studies include:

  • the New Zealand wars: the aftermath of Taranaki
  • treaty settlements and the negotiation process
  • indigenous archaeology
  • indigenous governance systems
  • tino rangatiratanga and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • the Māori principles of the Treaty
  • community engagement in the revitalisation of te reo Māori
  • the identification of good practice in the teaching of te reo Māori
  • indigenous corporations
  • indigenous responses to neo-liberalism
  • productive yet peripheral? Dilemmas for indigenous academics in higher education
  • Māori language physics films: an educational pathway of confluence or competition?
  • Māori in the private military security industry
  • sustainable self-determination.