Conference Themes

Keynote Speakers

The following speakers delivered invited talks at this 2014 conference:

Professor Karina Walters Assoc Professor Tracey McIntosh
Professor Marie Battiste Professor Gerald Taiaiake Alfred
Dr. Kamana’opono Crabbe Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Professor Harald Gaski The Honourable Dr Pita R Sharples
Adjunct Professor Alan Parker  

Primary Themes: Transformation through Indigenous Research Excellence

The 6th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference highlighted indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers must address aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:

Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.


Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to healthy, successful and thriving indigenous families.

Enhancing Indigenous Distinctiveness – understanding the distinctive contributions that indigenous communities – people, knowledge, assets, resources – do and may yet make to the world .  Opportunities for development that may not be sourced from any other community or population.

Secondary Themes: Research Outcomes

Underpinning these themes are the following outcomes, all presentations included one or more of the following critical aspects:

Embracing Indigenous Worldviews and Knowledge creation – the development of indigenous approaches to and methodologies of knowledge creation, exploring indigenous worldviews and understanding the contribution of these approaches to world knowledge.

Furthering Excellent Indigenous Research Capability – what is the nature of the indigenous research capability? How is this achieved? How can we harness new technologies? What do we mean by excellence in indigenous research capability? Do any current models exist? What models exist in the histories of indigenous communities?

Indigenous Action Taking and Transformation – what is the ‘bridge’ between indigenous development research and positive change in our communities? How can we ensure that the outcomes and benefits of our research do get into the hands of those who can make change in our communities? How is positive change achieved through our research?

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Previous conferences:

2012 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006