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Executive Committee

The Te Poutama Māori Executive Committee is representative of all Māori academic staff across all four divisions and extends to both the Wellington and Christchurch campuses.

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Dr Diane Ruwhiu

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Health Science

Dr James Green

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Dr Michael Stevens

Paula King


Paula King

Te Poutama Māori Co-ordinator

Marcelle TPM CoordinatorOur Co-ordinator contributes to the successful operation of TPM through the proficient co-ordination of its annual activities. They also promote the activities and achievements of TPM members and is the point of administrative contact for the Executive Committee. The Co-ordinator collates and updates the TPM database and is responsible for the overall maintenance of this new TPM website.

Marcelle Wharerau (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi, Ngāpuhi, Tainui) is the TPM Co-ordinator. She assisted in the management of Hui Poutama 2015 and has been in the position of TPM Co-ordinator since July 2015. She has a BA and BA(Hons) from the University of Otago and just recently graduated with her MA in Indigenous Development where her thesis entitled, "You Maaris get everything" - Trequity Measures at the University of Otago, looked at the idea of Māori privilege within the University.

Māori Academics

There are about 70 Māori academics at Otago working across Otago's four Divisions:

Presented here is a sample of existing Otago profiles of some of Otago's Māori academics.  These profiles focus mostly on research interests. We hope over time to continue adding to these profiles so as to present a more complete presence of the many wonderful Māori academics who are working at the University of Otago.

Suzanne Pitama presenting.

Strategising hauora Māori

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, MIHI (Māori & Indigenous Health Institute), Health Sciences

08 Diane Ruwhiu & Malcolm Cone.

When kaupapa Māori makes business sense

Dr Diane Ruwhiu, Department of Management, Commerce

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A world history of Bluff

Dr Michael Stevens, Department of History & Art History, Humanities

Moana - profile

Hauora Māori in policy and practice

Dr Reremoana Theodore, Department of Psychology, Sciences