Past Webinar

Indigenous Evaluation

Using Traditional Knowledge to Guide Evaluation Theory and Practice

Kataraina Pipi, Paora Messiah Te Hurihanganui, Manulani Aluli Meyer,

How and in what ways can indigenous evaluators and indigenous communities draw upon traditional knowledge to guide evaluation theory and practice?

In this webinar, experienced evaluator Kataraina Pipi (Ngati Porou, Ngati Hine) will host four indigenous keynote speakers from the Mā Te Rae Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Evaluation. Join Kataraina, along with Paora Messiah Te Hurihanganui (Ngāti Rangiwewehi Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Dr Manulani Aluli Meyer and Richard Weston to hear their whakaaro on this important kaupapa.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • The purpose of Mā Te Rae and the work they do.
  • The role of traditional knowledge in the evaluation process.
  • The importance of cultural paradigms in evaluation and research.


  • Smith, Linda Tuhiwai, 1950-. (1999). Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples. London ; New York : Dunedin : New York :Zed Books ; University of Otago Press ; distributed in the USA exclusively by St Martin’s Press
  • Wilson, S. (2008). Research is ceremony: Indigenous research methods. Black Point, N.S: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Mertens, D.M., Cram, F. & Chilisa, B.(2013) (Eds.) Indigenous pathways into social research – Voices of a new generation. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
  • Continuing the journey to reposition culture and cultural context in evaluation theory and practice. For the Evaluation and Society Book Series. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. pp.313-334.
  • Cram, F., LaFrance, J. & Tibbetts, K. (2018). Editors’ notes: A stepping stone in Indigenous evaluation. Indigenous Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 159, 7-16
  • Cram, F. & Mertens, D.M. (2016). Negotiating solidarity between Indigenous and transformative paradigms in evaluation. Evaluation Matters – He Take Tō Te Aromatawai, 2, 161-189.

About the Presenters

Kataraina Pipi

Kataraina Pipi is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Hine descent. She is Auckland based, but works nationally as one of the National PATH Facilitation Trainers and was trained by Jack Pearpoint ( Kataraina is also a highly sought after Facilitator, Evaluator and Composer/Musician. Kataraina is well known for her use of creative approaches to working with individuals and groups.

Paora Messiah Te Hurihanganui

Paora Messiah Te Hurihanganui is of Ngāti Rangiwewehi (Te Arawa), Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. He is currently the Chief Executive of Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa, an Iwi-mandated trust working within the sport and health sectors in Rotorua.
He has a passion for the revitalisation of ancestral and cultural pursuits, has a diverse background in Māori arts (visual and performing) and has an interest in the revitalisation of traditional Waka and ancestral games.

Manulani Aluli Meyer

Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Kamamalu, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku o Keawe. The Aluli ohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have spent their lives in Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, law, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, transformational economics, food sovereignty, Hawaiian philosophy and most of all, music.

This Webinar was held

11 AM NZ Time
12 Dec
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