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2011 Chapter Programmes

As the contract for the MANU AO Academy has ceased, please feel free to utilise the on-line resources available.

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 the establishment of a Centre for Māori Leadership and Excellence 'planning for success'. This centre will encompass Māori initiatives across the University. The key objective will be becoming the employer of choice for Māori.

Planned activity will include:

  1. Digital Native Strategy – Strategy aimed at Māori allied and academic staff increasing their Te Reo knowledge and digital capability – 4 wānanga (Jan, Feb, April and June)
  2. Click and korero sessions – fortnight Friday afternoons
  3. Professional development workshops for current staff:
  4. 1 half day retreat for Māori academic staff topics covered will include: PBRF, Promotion, Publishing, Information about contestable funds, Academic CV; A professional development day for all Māori staff: Guest Speaker, Panel Discussion, Presentation
  5. AUT Māori Expo (12 May)
  6. Te wiki o te Reo week activities
  7. Seminars with a business focus collaboration with Māori professionals: 1 Rugby world cup breakfast seminar and 1 lunchtime seminar
  8. Seminars with a health focus collaboration with Māori professionals (20 July)
  9. Seminars with Tourism focus collaboration with Māori professionals (31 August)
  10. Media event linking academics and professionals - possible industry partner Māori Television, Women in Film and Television; and Ngā Aho Whakaari (15 September)
  11. Publication grants for seminar presenters (on-going)
  12. 2 writing retreats for AUT Māori staff (April and September breaks)

logo_waikato.gif University of Waikato

 (Regional Co-ordinator – Maria Huata)


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.

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 2011 with ongoing updates and development of the research directory.

Initiative 4: Kingitanga Day and the Te Kotahi Research Institute Business Expo and Research Symposium

To celebrate, acknowledge and promote the unique character and distinctiveness of Waikato University and the special relationship with Waikato Tainui and Kingitanga.  To also unite both Māori and non-Māori staff and students within the University and to engage the wider regional and national academic, professional and cultural communities.


MU_logo.JPG Massey University

(Regional Co-ordinator - Malcolm Mulholland)


  • A Matariki series of lectures presented at the three Massey campus'  (Wellington, Manawatu & Albany) by a leading Māori Academic in July 2011.
  • Workshops will be held at Manawatu, Wellington and Albany campus' in every month 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 and also research funding.
  • 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.
  • Māori Future Planning Symposium for all Māori staff members

logo_victoria.gif Victoria University of Wellington

(Regional Co-ordinator - Dr Rawinia Higgins)


  • 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)
  • Postgraduate Induction Day (11 Feb)
  • New Māori Staff to Aotahi Induction (17 Feb)
  • Wānanga Rangahau (25 Feb)
  • PBRF Publication / Editing Workshop (March)
  • Writing Workshop (April / May)
  • Māori Studies one-day Symposium (13 May)
  • MANU AO Symposium (Canterbuy/Lincoln - 24 June)
  • Chapter Workshop (6 July)
  • Matariki Seminar (July)
  • Waitaha Symposium (Canterbury/Lincoln - 19 August)
  • Tū Mai Doctoral Conference (October)
  • Aotahi Māori Staff Development Symposium (Canterbury/Lincoln - December)

logo_lincoln_small.gif Lincoln University

(Regional Co-ordinator - Darrell Ihaia)


  • Continue to 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