Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Professor Merata Kawharu

Research Professor
Tel: +64 3 479 8294
Email:
merata.kawharu@otago.ac.nz

Merata Kawharu (160) Professor Merata Kawharu (Ngāti Whatua, Ngāpuhi) comes from a family where education is highly valued, but grounded in reality, leading her to always keep in mind her father’s advice to think about the practical use of what you do, or in other words, ask ‘so what?’

 As a Rhodes scholar, she completed her DPhil in Social Anthropology on kaitiakitanga in 1998 at University of Oxford. In 2012, she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to Māori education.  Merata’s research activities have over-arching themes of supporting Māori leadership, community and education. 

Current Research

 Mauri whenua ora -  Land and Water, National Science Challenge

Capability Building Portfolio - Science for Technological Innovation, National Science Challenge


Significant Research and Awards

 2016 - Nga Pae grant -  Identifying Frameworks for Effective Iwi and Hapu Development

2014 - Publication of edited book Maranga Mai! - Te Reo and Marae in crisis?
2012 - MNZM (Services to Maori Education)
2011 - Appointed by U.N. to expert committee on indigenous affairs and forestry.
Paper and meeting New York, January 2011. Paper presented ‘Forestry and indigenous issues: New Zealand and the Pacific’. See http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/EGM_IPF.html
2010 - Marsden grant awarded for three years on: Transformations of tribal entrepreneurial leadership.
2009 - Inaugral Maori Book Awards, Nga Kupu Ora: Winner, Te Reo Maori Award for Tahuhu Korero: The Sayings of Taitokerau.
2008 - FoRST grant awarded for research on regional Maori language, tribal marae and Youth. 2 years.
2003 - New Zealand book awards: Montana Book Awards Finalist for Whenua: Managing Our Resources.
2002 - Marsden Fund grant for research concerning Indigenous Knowledge and Museum Practice. Grant awarded to Professor Karen Nero, Professor Roger Neich, Dr Paul Tapsell and Dr Merata Kawharu.
1994 - Rhodes Scholarship.
1991-1993 - Annual and Senior Prizes in Maori Studies, Polynesian Society Award for best Stage II paper in Maori Studies, Ngarimu VC Scholarship (1991-1993).


Committees


2007-2011 - (National) Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
2001-Present - Member, New Zealand Maori Heritage Council, Historic Places Trust, October.
2001- Present - Member, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Board, October (including being a member of the Strategy and Finance Sub-committee of the Board, and member of the Registration Sub-committee).
2004-Present - Ngati Whatua o Orakei Treaty claims team member.
2008-Present- Alternative Journal of Indigenous Studies, Editorial Board member.
2008 - Ngati Rahiri/ Ngati Kawa treaty claim team member and claim manager
2004-2009 - Chairperson, Te Kawautikitiki Charitable Trust.
2007-2009 - Trustee, Michael King Writers Trust.
2001-2008 - Member, Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wananga o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa.
2001-2005 - Member, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, University of Auckland.

^ Top of page

Publications

Kawharu, M. (2018). Kaitiakitanga: Land, people and resource management. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 86-101). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Kawharu, M., & Newman, E. (2018). Whakapaparanga: Social structure, leadership and Whāngai. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 48-64). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Artelle, K. A., Stephenson, J., Bragg, C., Housty, W. G., Kawharu, M., & Turner, N. J. (2018). Values-led management: The guidance of place-based values in environmental relationships of the past, present, and future. Ecology & Society, 23(3), 35. doi: 10.5751/es-10357-230335

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Woods, C. (2017). Indigenous entrepreneurship in Aotearoa New Zealand: The takarangi framework of resilience and innovation. Journal of Enterprising Communities, 11(1), 20-38. doi: 10.1108/JEC-01-2015-0010

Wyeth, E. H., Lambert, M., Tapsell, M., Samaranayaka, A., Harwood, M., Anselm, D., Ellison, P., … Derrett, S. (2017). Long-term disability outcomes after hospitalisation for injury. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference. (pp. 282). Retrieved from http://event.icebergevents.com.au/injuryprevention2017

Commissioned Report for External Body

Kawharu, M., & Watene, K. (2014). Ngāti Whātua Census: Whakataunga me ngā wawata: Findings and aspirations. Commissioned by Whai Maia. 23p.

Kawharu, M., & Te Whata, R. (2012). Mangatu: Customary tenure and the Native Land Court case 1881. Commissioned by Mangatu Committee. 45p.

Kawharu, M. (2010). Te Tiriti and its northern context: Summary of report Wai 1040 # A20. Commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust. 27p.

Kawharu, M. (2008). Te Tiriti and its northern context. Commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust. 368p.

Kawharu, M. (2008). Community and indigeneity: Exploring possibilities for world heritage. Commissioned by UNESCO. 27p.

Kawharu, M., & Ngaha, A. (2006). Co-production: Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua case study. Commissioned by Te Puni Kokiri. 99p.

^ Top of page

Exhibition

Tapsell, P. (co-curator), Kawharu, M. (co-curator), & Pfeiffer, K. (photographer) (2010-2011). Te Ara: Maori pathways to leadership [Touring exhibition]. Poland & UK.

^ Top of page

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Kawharu, M. (2011). Sustainable urban development in Auckland: Reaffirming a cultural footprint in the urban landscape [In The right to the city: Research and engagement at the world urban forum: Centre for Development Studies Working Paper No. 4]. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland. 7p.

^ Top of page

Other Research Output

Kawharu, M. (2017). Affidavit of Merata Kawharu in support of the application for recognition of customary marine title, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust application for for recognition of customary marine title. High Court of New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand. [Government Submission].

Kawharu, M. (2016). Statement of Issues for Stage 2. Concerning the Wai 1040 combined record of inquiry for Te Paparahi o Te Raki. Waitangi Tribunal, Te Paparahi o te Raki, Waitangi Marae, Waitangi, New Zealand, File Wai 1040. [Government Submission].

Kawharu, M. (2016). Brief evidence in the matter of Te Paparahi o Te Raki inquiry. In the matter of a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal by Renata Tane, Eruera Taurua, Hirihiri Parata, Moko Ututaonga and Pauline Wynyard on behalf of Ngāti Kawa and Ngāti Rahiri (Wai 1040). Waitangi Tribunal, Te Paparahi o te Raki, Waitangi Marae, Waitangi, New Zealand, File Wai 1040. [Government Submission].

Kawharu, M., & P. Tapsell (2014, April). Waka Wairua: exploration and expansion: Re-examining matauranga and oral narratives. Horizons of Insight Seminar, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, Waipapa, University of Auckland, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

Kawharu, M. (2013). Tangi Whenua: Opening statement on behalf of Pouerua ki Waitangi. In the matter of a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal by Renata Tane, Eruera Taurua, Hirihiri Parata, Moko Weera Hogan Ututaonga and Pauline Wynyard for and on behalf of Ngāti Kawa and Ngāti Rahiri (Wai 1665). Waitangi Tribunal, Te Paparahi o te Raki, Waitangi Marae, Waitangi, New Zealand, File Wai 1665. [Government Submission].

Kawharu, M. (2010). Response to Crown questions of cross-examination on Te Tiriti and its northern context. Waitangi Tribunal, Wellington, New Zealand. [Government Submission].

Kawharu, M. & Wackrow, D. (2009, May). Outline submissions to Ministerial Review Panel on Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 by Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board. Orakei Marae, Auckland, New Zealand. [Government Submission].

^ Top of page

Authored Book - Research

Tapsell, P., Pfeiffer, K. (photographer), & Kawharu, M. (2010). Te Ara: Māori pathways of leadership. Auckland, New Zealand: Libro International, 32p.

Kawharu, M. (2008). Tāhuhu kōrero: The sayings of Tai Tokerau. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 228p.

^ Top of page

Edited Book - Research

Kawharu, M. (Ed.). (2014). Maranga Mai! Te Reo and marae in crisis? Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 280p.

^ Top of page

Chapter in Book - Research

Kawharu, M. (2018). Kaitiakitanga: Land, people and resource management. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 86-101). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Kawharu, M., & Newman, E. (2018). Whakapaparanga: Social structure, leadership and Whāngai. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 48-64). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Kawharu, M. (2014). Introduction. In M. Kawharu (Ed.), Maranga Mai! Te Reo and marae in crisis? (pp. 7-15). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Kawharu, M., & Tane, P. (2014). Casting a new net: Connecting marae and Te Reo in the information age. In M. Kawharu (Ed.), Maranga Mai! Te Reo and marae in crisis? (pp. 181-209). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Kawharu, M., & Nero, K. L. (2014). World Heritage and Small Island Developing States: Land management and community involvement. In Safeguarding precious resources for island communities [World Heritage Papers No. 38]. (pp. 76-85). Paris: UNESCO.

Kawharu, M. (2010). Environment as marae locale. In R. Selby, P. Moore & M. Mulholland (Eds.), Māori and the environment: Kaitiaki. (pp. 221-239). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Books.

Kawharu, M. (2006). Gilbert Mair and the Taumata-a-Iwi. In P. Tapsell (Ed.), Ko Tawa: Maori treasures of New Zealand: The Gilbert Mair Collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. (pp. 154-174). Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman and the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.

Kawharu, M. (2006). Treaty values and the Resource Management Act 1991. In M. Thompson-Fawcett & C. Freeman (Eds.), Living together: Towards inclusive communities in New Zealand. (pp. 43-56). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

^ Top of page

Journal - Research Article

Artelle, K. A., Stephenson, J., Bragg, C., Housty, W. G., Kawharu, M., & Turner, N. J. (2018). Values-led management: The guidance of place-based values in environmental relationships of the past, present, and future. Ecology & Society, 23(3), 35. doi: 10.5751/es-10357-230335

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Woods, C. (2017). Indigenous entrepreneurship in Aotearoa New Zealand: The takarangi framework of resilience and innovation. Journal of Enterprising Communities, 11(1), 20-38. doi: 10.1108/JEC-01-2015-0010

Kawharu, M. (2016). Indigenous entrepreneurship: Cultural coding and the transformation of Ngāti Whātua in New Zealand. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 125(4), 359-382. doi: 10.15286/jps.125.4.359-382

Kawharu, M. (2015). Aotearoa: Shine or shame? A critical examination of the Sustainable Development Goals and the question of poverty and young Māori in New Zealand. Journal of Global Ethics, 11(1), 43-50. doi: 10.1080/17449626.2015.1010098

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Woods, C. (2012). Māori entrepreneurial behaviour: Lachmannian insights. Journal of Australian Indigenous Studies, 15(4), 62-75.

te Heuheu, T., Kawharu, M., & Tuheiava, A. R. (2012). World Heritage and indigeneity. World Heritage, 62, 8-17.

Kawharu, M. (2009). Ancestral landscapes and world heritage from a Māori viewpoint. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 118(4), 317-388.

^ Top of page

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Woods, C. (2012). Maori entrepreneurial behaviour: Lachmannian insights. Proceedings of the 57th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference: Leading from the Edge. Retrieved from http://www.icsb.org/conferences.asp

Kawharu, M. (2011). Miejsce Maorysów w multimedialnie zintegrowanym świecie. In M. Jaworowskiej (Ed.), Zeszyt Naukowy. (pp. 13-27). Olsztyn, Poland: Katedry Socjologii, i Antropologii Wyższej Szkoly Informatyki i Ekonomii Towarzystwa Wiedzy Powszechnej w Olsztynie [Faculty of Sociology and Education, University of Computer Science and Economics]. [Full Paper]

Kawharu, M. (2011). Forestry and indigenous issues: New Zealand and the Pacific. Proceedings of the United Nations, Division for Social Policy and Development, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, International Expert Group Meeting: Indigenous Peoples and Forests. Retrieved from http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/MeetingsandWorkshops/2011.aspx

Kawharu, M., & Hennessey, M. (2009). Developing a web 2.0 resource for Māori youth: Bringing together two worlds in digital format. Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pesaconf/Frid.html

^ Top of page

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wyeth, E. H., Lambert, M., Tapsell, M., Samaranayaka, A., Harwood, M., Anselm, D., Ellison, P., … Derrett, S. (2017). Long-term disability outcomes after hospitalisation for injury. Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference. (pp. 282). Retrieved from http://event.icebergevents.com.au/injuryprevention2017

Ruckstuhl, K., Kawharu, M., Jackson, A.-M., Keegan, T. T., Shadbolt, M., Hudson, M., … Hikuroa, D. (2016). National Science Challenges in Aotearoa-New Zealand: Opportunity or business as usual? Proceedings of the International Indigenous Research Conference. (pp. 82). Auckland, New Zealand: Ngä Pae o te Māramatanga. Retrieved from http://www.indigenousresearch2016.ac.nz/

Hohepa, M., Kawharu, M., Ngaha, A., & Peri, V. (2010). Cultural knowledge and identity for wellbeing and success: Trying to make the connections in the north of New Zealand [Extended abstract]. Proceedings of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.beraconference.co.uk/2010/downloads/abstracts/

Kawharu, M. (2009). Maori representation in governance: The new Auckland 'Super City'. Proceedings of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) National Indigenous Studies Conference: Perspectives on Urban Life: Connections and Reconnections. Retrieved from http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/research/conf2009/papers/U3.html

Kawharu, M. (2008). Cultural tourism: Challenges and opportunities, a Maori venture in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC). Retrieved from http://www.wac6.org/livesite/item.php?itemID=2168&itemType=PAPER

^ Top of page

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kawharu, M. (2016, August-September). When development and indigenous issues clash: The New Zealand case of Takamore. Verbal presentation at the World Archaeological Congress (WAC), Kyoto, Japan.

Kawharu, M. (2015, May). Entrepreneurship: The relevance of a customary context: A Ngāti Whātua narrative. Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Tapsell, P., & Kawharu, M. (2014, June). Polynesian expansion: A re-examination. Verbal presentation at the 20th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Studies Association: Across the Pacific, Oslo, Norway.

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Woods, C. (2012, December). Māori entrepreneurial behaviour: Lachmannian insights. Verbal presentation at the 57th international Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Kawharu, M., Tane, H., Tapsell, P., & Woods, C. (2011, December). The role of leadership in indigenous entrepreneurship. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural Massey University Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Kawharu, M. (2010, September). Kultura Maori: Wczoraj i dziś [Māori identity in a multi-media, multi-connected world]. Invited presentation at the Konferencja Naukowa pt. Nowozelandzka Wielokulturowość Oraz Wystawa “Te Ara”, Olsztynie, Poland.

Kawharu, M., Hennessy, M., & Tane, H. (2010, July). Ipukarea.com: Launching traditional knowledge into the internet. A New Zealand case study, its challenges and opportunities. Verbal presentation at the Information Technologies and Indigenous Communities (ITIC) Workshop, Canberra, Australia.

Vercoe, W., Tapsell, M., & Te Kenehi Teira, M. (2007, August). Communauté maorie et préservation du patrimoine en Nouvelle-Zélande [Community and heritage preservation in Aotearoa New Zealand]. Verbal presentation at the Forum International du Patrimoine du Pacifique (FIPPAC), Papeete, Tahiti.

More publications...