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2010 Chapter Programmes

The local Chapter-based programmes are run by the Regional Co-ordinators for the benefit of their respective University's Māori academics but also Māori professional practitioners throughout the regions.

The local programmes typically:

  • link theory and practice
  • model integrated approaches to development
  • exploring the interface between indigenous world views and global perspectives
  • consider strategies for Māori professional workforce development
  • facilitate postgraduate study for practitioners
  • promote academic programmes likely to facilitate Māori professional progression in the (15-20 year) future
  • develop a model for Māori professional capability building that can be applied across a range of sectors and professions

Each University's Chapter programmes incorporate the following general themes and activities:

logo_auckland.gif University of Auckland

(Regional Co-ordinator – Dr Robyn Manuel)
  • Two Writing Retreats (22-25 Feb, and 14-17 June) held off campus at the Aio Centre, Waitakere Ranges.
  • Workshop on preparing & updating academic CVs
  • Academic writing workshop
  • Research proposal writing workshop 
  • Publishing workshop
  • Workshop on continuation of academic staff: Teaching and research profiles
  • Academic promotions workshop: Teaching and research profiles
  • Towards teaching excellence: Teaching evaluation, Course evaluation, and
  • Teaching improvements
  • Establish Reading Groups at Tamaki, Grafton, City
  • Establish Writing Groups at Tamaki, Grafton, City


aut_maori.jpg Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

(Regional Co-ordinator – Maxine Graham)


Theme: The overall theme for the AUT University Chapter will focus on 'planning for success'. The establishment of a Centre for Māori Leadership within the University focuses on the University becoming the employer of choice for Māori.

Planned activity will include:
Professional development workshops for current staff

  • 5 professional development workshops for Māori academic staff
  • PBRF
  • Promotion
  • Publishing
  • Information about contestable funds
  • Academic CV

A professional development event for all Māori staff – 'Māori Agents of Change'

  • Guest Speaker
  • Panel Discussion
  • Presentation

Seminars with a business focus collaboration with Māori professionals:

  • 3 breakfast seminars (April, June and Oct) and 2 lunchtime seminars (July and Nov) with a focus on business.

Additional programmes held:

  • Event in collaboration with Art and Design school linking academics and professionals
  • Sponsorship of 6 participants at MANU AO leadership course
  • Publication grants for internal seminar presenters
    Koha for external speakers to support marae development
  • Leadership Workshop Series – Hosting of nationally co-ordinated leadership workshop series


logo_waikato.gif University of Waikato

 (Regional Co-ordinator – Kirsten Gabel)


Initiative 1: Staff Development Workshops
Staff development workshops will be offered to Māori academic staff of the University of Waikato. These will be facilitated by Professor Linda Smith and invited guest speakers. Kaupapa for 2010 include Academic CV Writing and Te Reo Tuhi.

Initiative 2: Contestable Fund
A contestable fund will be made available to Māori academic staff of the University of Waikato for the purpose of:

  • Fostering and encouraging the collaboration of Māori academic staff across Faculties.
  • Supporting the development of Māori academic staff in teaching and research; and
  • Supporting the development of the university's Māori academic staff profile by encouraging research publications; staff enrolments and completions in doctoral qualifications; and improvements in individual PBRF rankings.

Initiative 3: Māori Research Directory
The purpose of the Research directory is to promote researchers and to assist researchers to make connections with others who have similar interests. This project will continue in 2010 with ongoing updates and development of the research directory.


MU_logo.JPG Massey University

(Regional Co-ordinator - Dr Nathan Matthews)


  • A Matariki series of lectures presented at the three Massey campus'  (Wellington, Manawatu & Albany) by a leading Māori Academic in June & July 2010.
  • Workshops will be held at Manawatu & Albany campus' in August and November aimed at preparing Māori academic staff for the next PBRF round by providing training and advice in regard to research, particularly publication and evidence portfolio preparation.
  • A Leadership workshop is planned in May targeting Māori academic and professional leaders / managers.
  • Academic writing retreats will be held at the manawatu campus over 4-5 days to help Māori academic staff advance their Doctoral research.

Academic Writing Retreats
These retreats, 4-5 days, were to help Māori academic staff advance their Doctoral research


logo_victoria.gif Victoria University of Wellington

(Regional Co-ordinator - Meegan Hall)


  • 2 day residential Māori language programme at VUW (Jan)
  • Write-up good practice Māori teaching approaches (Feb-May)
  • Work with Toihuarewa members to compile and print waiata booklets and sound recordings to support tikanga Māori professional development of Māori staff (March-June)
  • Establish a Māori research journals esteem ranking system and list (March-June)
  • Grants to help Māori academics further their research
  • Grants to attend Māori symposia/conferences being hosted by Toihuarewa members (Jan-Dec)
  • Speed reading course (March-April)
  • Research workshop (April)
  • 3 day writing retreat (April and June); 5 day writing retreat (Sept); and 4 day Writing Retreat (Nov)
  • Facilitated workshop for Māori academics supervising postgraduate students (May)
  • 2 day marae-based hui re Tikanga in the University context - date TBC

logo_canterbury.gif University of Canterbury

(Regional Co-ordinator - Duane Culshaw)
  • Ngā Kete a Rehua Symposium Proceedings (19 Feb)
  • New Māori Staff to Aotahi Induction (26 Feb)
  • Professional Development Workshop (1–5 Mar)
  • Mana Wāhine Speaker Series (May-June)
  • Māori Postgraduate Academic Workshop (June)
  • Māori Leadership Course (1-2 July)
  • Professional Development Workshop (2 July)
  • Matariki Seminar (Sept)
  • Tū Mai Waitaha Māori Postgrad Research Symposium (Oct)
  • Academic Professional Advancement Symposium (Dec)
  • Career Planning for the Early Career Academic (Dec)

logo_lincoln_small.gif Lincoln University

(Regional Co-ordinator - Darrell Ihaia)


  • Develop a database of Māori Professionals within the Canterbury Region around Lincoln Universities specialisation: Agriculture, Design and Development, Environment, and Commerce.
  • Hold a Post Grad Symposium for Lincoln University and Canterbury University students.
  • Workshops for staff development
  • Māori Discussion Groups: Discuss topics that are of concern/interest to Māori Academic staff and Māori Support Staff. (2 per year)
  • Māori staff attendance at relevant National and International Conferences in disciplinary areas.
  • Presentations: Identifying a topic of relevance to interdisciplinary Māori studies at Lincoln and inviting an expert out to give a presentation.
  • Travel Grants for Māori Staff to attend conferences nationally and internationally as per the criteria.
  • Professional Development Workshop CV/PBRF

logo_otago.gif University of Otago

(Regional Co-ordinator - Mark Brunton


MANU AO development is led by Māori Academic Staff through the Māori Academic Staff Caucus (MASC). The Office of Māori Development is facilitating a number of projects as part of the Manu AO programme.

The key project is: MASC hui. The main kaupapa of the hui was to identify the priorities MASC was intending to undertake as part of MANU AO. The outcome from the meeting was to develop a project for a one-on-one interview process with every Māori Academic at the University of Otago.

This engagement aims to provide substantive data on personal and professional needs of individual Māori academics staff. It also will look at medium/long term aspirations of staff and personal and institutional barriers for staff. Further this process will look to identify common issues and opportunities for a 'leadership programme' for Māori academic staff development.

© Te Kahui Amokura 2010