New faculty appointments to develop Maori philosophy and indigenous research capacities
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (Awanuiārangi) is delighted to announce three new inaugural faculty appointments: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith CNZM has been appointed to the inaugural post of Distinguished Professor – Rangahau and Mātauranga Capability in Wānanga; Sir William Te Rangiua “Pou” Temara, KNZM as Professor of Maori Philosophy; and Dr. Alison Green as a professor in the School of Native Graduate Studies.
Awanuiārangi General Manager Professor Wiremu Doherty says the Wānanga feels privileged to have these top three academics on board.
“Sir Pou is an expert on Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and philosophy and a distinguished cultural authority on whaikōrero, whakapapa and karakia – we look forward to the essential role he will play here in Awanuiārangi,” said declared Professor Doherty.
“Professor Smith plays a pivotal role in advancing the thought leadership capacities of indigenous peoples around the world, contributing significantly to the Aotearoa research community and to the development of the Maori and Iwi communities. our research capabilities.
“Professor Green has immense knowledge of how best to use Maori and indigenous knowledge, languages and practices to enable our tauira to introduce solutions to key issues facing our Maori communities in Aotearoa and the communities indigenous peoples around the world, and we look forward to its strong support. and contributions in this space, ”says Prof. Doherty.
Integrate tikanga Māori into New Zealand law and promote modern tohunga
In his new role at Awanuiārangi, Sir Pou will work with academics, judges and lawyers to create a teaching and learning program that integrates Tikanga Māori into New Zealand common law.
“The program is an important and unique undertaking for the institution – it will be taught from Awanuiārangi itself and will initially be aimed at judges from different levels of the judiciary and lawyers,” says Sir Pou.
Sir Pou will also help Awanuiārangi organize a tohunga symposium to be held later this year.
“The accumulated knowledge and the outcome of this colloquium will be important in establishing a degree in modern tohunga practices.
Sir Pou says this new position adds another flavor to the already diverse and ever-changing menu of program offerings at Awanuiārangi.
“Developments like this help to firmly establish Awanuiārangi as a leading mātauranga Māori institution in Aotearoa, and my advice to students looking to satisfy their hunger for more in this space is to expect the unexpected, ”said Sir Pou.
Expanding research capabilities
As Professor – Rangahau and Matauranga Capability, Professor Smith will focus on existing research achievements at Awanuiārangi and explore opportunities to foster research excellence that are in line with Wānanga’s research strategy.
Previously a long-time member of the Awanuiārangi Council, Prof. Smith said she looked forward to helping Wānanga further enhance its research capabilities, alongside the expertise of Prof. Te Kani Kingi, Executive Director of the research and innovation.
“We recognize that there are areas where Awanuiārangi can play a greater prominent role in mātauranga research, and this is also to ensure that the strengths we have in research and teaching of the Maori mātauranga, and the connection to our whānau, hapū, iwi and hāpori, are respected and recognized as a unique aspect of this Wānanga, ”says Professor Smith.
“Together, we will truly capitalize on these strengths, our track record and the opportunities we already have as Wānanga, and align them more with the aspirations of our iwi and our communities, our staff and our students.”
On the new role, Professor Smith explains that his new role will be to work with the talents, opportunities and relationships that we have as Awanuiārangi to develop our potential.
“In a year, I want to be able to look back and see the research staff who have thrived even more than they have ever done, larger research collaborations underway, with more research groups focusing on strong subjects, and an increasingly visible and dynamic research culture. “
In view of the role that the Aotearoa rangatahi have in the research space, notes Professor Smith, there is a need for the rangatahi to dig deep and explore the ideas and aspirations that excite them.
“Our innovation and our future lies in what they seek – our job here is to prepare them with the mātauranga, the tikanga, the skills, the integrity and the support to be successful,” she says.
Maori-informed research of Kaupapa, an essential part of the tertiary landscape
In her new role as Professor at Awanuiārangi, Professor Green will focus on leading new research projects, as well as teaching and supporting the tauira of the Professional Doctoral Program to undertake research initiated by students and the Maori Kaupapa community, as well as supporting international students of Awanuiārangi from Hawaii and the continental United States as they embark on their doctorate.
Working alongside the school principal, Professor Mera Penehira, and the Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Professor Te Kani Kingi, Professor Green looks forward to helping stimulate the transformational research already underway at Awanuiārangi.
“Maori and indigenous communities want research and solutions that build on our philosophies and practices and address ‘real world’ issues,” says Professor Green.
“These include the revitalization of Maori and indigenous knowledge, languages and practices; the return of land and sea environments to the Maori and indigenous communities to care for, and our own rights to determine the health and well-being of our children.
“Almost every Maori and Indigenous graduate student I spoke to spoke about ancestors and leaders who fought for their descendants to live better lives, and we know these were the aspirations of our traveling ancestors. in the Pacific who sailed to Aotearoa, ”says Professor Green.
“The professional doctoral program is set up so that, like our ancestors, our students can set sail, use Maori and indigenous knowledge and evidence, and strive for a better future. “
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