Groups, Networks & Organisations

There are many Māori and Pasifika research and practice groups, networks and organisations available to assist you with your whānau ora research.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society advance and promote research and scholarly activity, the pursuit of knowledge.

The act that governs them talks about science, technology and humanities. In practice that includes engineering, applied science, and social sciences; and effectively the pursuit of knowledge in general.

They foster a culture that supports science, technology, and the humanities by:

  • raising public awareness, knowledge, and understanding
  • advancing education

The Royal Society: encourage, promote, and recognise excellence, support infrastructure for professional development, maintain a Code of Professional Standards and Ethics, provide expert advice on important public issues, all other lawful things conducive to advancement and promotion of research and scholarly activity.

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Social Wellbeing Agency

Our purpose is to strengthen the use of data, analytics and insights in social sector decision making to improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing.

The Social Investment Agency (SIA) was established on 1 July 2017 as a Departmental Agency hosted within the State Services Commission. We work with the social sector to create insights, tools and practices that are scalable, reusable, and of most use to the social sector. Our views are not tied to any single agency or part of the social system. By working together, we can understand and do more of what works for better lives. Social Wellbeing Agency is responsible for:

  • Developing the architecture to assist agencies (and others) to apply social investment.
  • Providing advice on investment priorities for government and monitor selected investments over time.
  • Trialling and testing new approaches for targeted populations.
  • Assessing progress and maturity of social investment and its practice across the social sector.

The four key themes of the investing for social wellbeing approach are not necessarily new, but combining an applying themes together is. The approach focuses on:

  1. Putting people at the centre of what we do.
  2. Making better use of a wide range of evidence, including data and analytics, as well as peoples’ stories and lived experiences.
  3. Engaging and working in strong partnerships and building trust.
  4. Providing clear goals and robust measurement.
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Ako Aotearoa

Ako Aotearoa is a government-funded organisation committed to supporting the country’s tertiary sector teachers, trainers and educators be the best they can be for the learners’ success.

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Health Research Council

The Health Research Council invest in research that advances Māori health and wellbeing, achieves health equity, and makes New Zealand a world leader in indigenous health research.

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Te Rū Rangahau

The role of Te Ru Rangahau is to support and promote the Strategy for Māori Development of the University of Canterbury, in particular, the  following goals:

  • to support the advancement of Indigenous postgraduates in the College
  • to advance research that is responsive to Māori and Indigenous needs and aspirations

Other goals:

  • Encourage and facilitate meaningful engagement with iwi Māori at the conceptual stage of research planning, with ongoing support and advice as needed.
  • Provide timely Māori consultation for research proposals for those seeking external funding.
  • Assist the College of Education, Health and Human Development to be aware of and engage with the Māori research funding environment.
  • Facilitate overseas scholars whose research and teaching  interests and aspirations are in tandem with Māori and Indigenous development, and the development of minoritised communities
  • Ensure that that all research is conducted in a manner that is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi principles, with appropriate cultural oversight and advice for both researchers and research participants.
  • Help to raise the profile of Māori research by promoting culturally responsive research processes and practices through symposia, and university-wide communications about research opportunities and successes
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New Zealand Council for Educational Research

NZCER inspires education. We play a leading role in research, developing tools and proving services that drive effective learning and positive change in policy and practice. NZCER has a proud history and a deep commitment to Māori education.

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Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare (the Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre).

In July 1992 Te Pūmanawa Hauora ki te Whanganui ā Tara was established at the Wellington School of Medicine, headed by the late Professor Eru Pōmare. Following his untimely death in 1995, the Centre was renamed Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare (the Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre).

Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare strives to create a Kaupapa Māori space committed to improving Māori health outcomes and eliminating inequalities through quality science and ongoing theoretical development. It takes a rights-based approach consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi, and is engaged with community through a spectrum of influence from community development, policy advocacy, research dissemination and Māori health research workforce development.

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Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development

Established by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti in 2005

The aim of establishing Whakauae was not only to develop the research capacity of Ngāti Hauiti but also to offer a broad range of Kaupapa Māori research services both nationally and internationally. Whakauae is unique in its position within Māori health research as it is directly accountable to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti. We are recognised by our peers as very good researchers “producing robust research in a timely manner” and are passionate about transforming research results into change at a practice or policy level.  

Whakauae focuses primarily on Māori public health research, evaluation and health services and health policy research.  The team has grown from two staff initially in 2005 to eight staff members currently. Whakauae utilises largely Kaupapa Māori qualitative research methodologies however, through research partnerships we are able to offer a mixed method approach if the research requires this.

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Our tohu and whakatauki, both integral to the identity of ANZEA, reflect our purpose and core values.

  • We “look to the maunga”, we strive for excellence.
  • We recognise and value the cultures of all our peoples.
  • We honour their participation and we seek genuine partnerships.

Sharing exceptional skills and insightful knowledge, we seek to support their aims and aspirations for a healthy, prosperous and vibrant future.

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Te Kotahi Research Institute

Our vision is to be a world recognised Kaupapa Māori Institute that contributes to Māori and Indigenous aspirations through transformative research excellence.

Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI) is the unified vision of Te Rōpū Manukura, a unique advisory body representing all iwi (tribes) within the University’s region. The Institute draws inspiration from Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta, the founding Director of the Centre of Māori Studies Research established in the 1970s at the University of Waikato. The centre was the first of its kind which over ensuing years helped generate a wealth of research for and about Māori that crosses into every faculty of the University.

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The Southern Initiative

The Southern Initiative is a place-based initiative that stimulates, enables and champions social and community innovation across the Local Board areas of Papakura, Manurewa, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu. As a part of Auckland Council, TSI works to find radical solutions to some of South Auckland’s most pressing social and economic challenges.

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Pasifika Futures

Pasifika Futures Limited is a charitable company established by the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA). It builds on the PMA’s successful track record in health and education over the last 20 years.

The PMA has been at the forefront of improving the wellbeing of Pasifika peoples since 1996 and has a membership of more than 3,000 health professionals.

The establishment of Pasifika Futures means there is now a Commissioning Agency for Pacific people. A Pacific organisation is ideally placed to listen, understand and facilitate the links between the Government, service providers and Pacific families.

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Te Putahitanga Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency

We are the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for Te Waipounamu / the South Island of New Zealand. We work on behalf of the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu to respond to whānau innovation, to foster and grow inspirational ideas that are whānau-centered, intergenerational, locally driven, and provide direct impact for whānau. We work alongside whānau to create social change from the grass-roots level to enable independent transformational change.

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Wai Research and Wai Atamai – Social innovation Hub

Wai Research formed as a response to a community need for research that reflects the aspirations of the whānau within it.

Building on the generations of knowledge held by kuia and kaumātua of Te Whānau o Waipareira, we are part of a story of Urban Māori community paving bright pathways for future generations.

Historically our community has been subjected to research that attempts to tell our story and as a result, this victimises rather than empowers whānau. Being born from this community, the Wai Research team is active in sharing knowledge and engaging with whānau, leading discussions on topics central to wellbeing, speaking at conferences, and in partnerships with indigenous groups both nationally and internationally.

Our focus is developing translational research for meaningful impact and change you can see. Wai Research sits within the Social Innovation Hub, Wai-Atamai grounding innovation with evidence and best practice, and supporting Whānau Waipareira to measure, evaluate and inform the direction of frontline services and programmes as well as working alongside incubator and pilot projects to map learnings and provide experience based evidence.

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Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM)

New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) Hosted by the University of Auckland.

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Ma Te Rae

For Maori Evaluators

Our mission is to mobilise evaluation as a tool for transformation for Iwi Māori. Kia kōkirihia ngā painga o te aromatawai hei whakaahuatia he ao hou mō ngāi-tāua.

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