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Office of Māori Development

While all staff are involved in the implementation of the University's Māori Strategic Framework, ultimate responsibility for this resides with the Office of Māori Development and with the University's senior management team.

The University established the Office of Māori Development (OMD) following Council’s endorsement of its Māori Strategic Framework (MSF) in 2007 (see also information on the MSF's developmental history). The 2005 Treaty of Waitangi Stocktake clearly identified that while a large and varied range of activity was occurring in the area of Māori development, it lacked a cohesive ‘map’ as well as clear, centralised leadership. The development and implementation of the MSF therefore initiated an institutional change for the University, led from the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. It ‘normalised’ Māori development at the University, and has since become a natural part of life across all of the University’s four campuses.

The main role of the OMD is to provide leadership to both academic and service divisions and to create opportunities for information sharing, clear communication and collaboration, enabling the MSF to move off the page and into the workplace.

The Office also manages the University’s Treaty partnerships and a variety of other projects associated with Māori development.


Tuari Potiki
Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha
Tel +64 3 479 8420

Research Manager Māori / Senior Project Manager

Claire Porima
Waikato, Ngāti Hikairo
Tel +64 3 479 7461

Project Manager

Matt Matahaere
Kāi Tahu
Tel +64 3 479 8074

Personal Assistant/Administrator

Hinerangi Nielsen
Waikato, Ngāti Apakura
Tel +64 3 479 8081

Contact Hinerangi to receive a copy of the Māori Strategic Framework.