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Poutama Ara Rau Theme Directors

Dr Karyn Paringatai

Lecturer Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

Dr Karyn Paringatai (Ngāti Porou) is a Lecturer in Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies. She teaches and researches primarily in the areas of Māori pedagogies, Māori language acquisition, Māori performing arts, socio-cultural aspects of Māori migration and Māori identity. She is a co-director of Poutama Ara Rau working alongside Professor Jacinta Ruru and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, all of whom are recipients of the University of Otago Kaupapa Māori teaching awards. She hopes that Poutama Ara Rau will highlight Māori teaching and learning methodologies as best practice for educational success for all students and showcase Otago Māori academics as leading innovators in best practice for higher education institutions.

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Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama

MIHI - Māori/Indigenous Health Institute, Associate Dean Māori (Christchurch)

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whare) is the Associate Dean Māori and Director of the Māori/Indigenous Health Institute at the University of Otago, Christchurch. Suzanne has been involved in Māori health research for almost two decades and it was this foci that developed her interest into Māori pedagogies and their application to health professional education. Her main focus is how to ensure that Māori health models can be translated into clinical practice that is responsive to Māori patient/whanau/community needs to address inequities and acknowledge indigenous rights.  Alongside Dr Karyn Paringatai and Professor Jacinta Ruru, Suzanne believes that Poutama Ara Rau will provide a pathway to demonstrate Māori pedagogical strengths within the University of Otago and its direct benefits to the Māori community.

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Professor Jacinta Ruru

Faculty of Law, Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Co-Chair of Te Poutama Māori

Professor Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui) teaches and researches Indigenous Peoples’ legal rights and interests to own, manage and govern land and water. As the sole Māori academic in the Faculty of Law, she is committed to the success of Otago’s 100+ Māori law students, to guiding the collective efforts of Te Roopū Whai Putake (the Māori Law Students’ Association), and to developing a long researched programme Te Īhaka: Building Māori Leaders in Law that seeks to inspire greater Māori cultural and academic achievement at Otago. Working alongside Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, Dr Karyn Paringatai and our Principal and Associate Researchers and Advisors, Jacinta anticipates new exciting theory, method and practice to be developed in Poutama Ara Rau.

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