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Supporting Māori academic excellence at Otago

Ko wai mātou? / Who are we?

Māori academic staff from across the University of Otago’s campuses and divisions have come together to form Te Poutama Māori. Together as a tertiary institution, Te Poutama Māori aspires to contribute towards creating a culturally stimulating environment for Māori academics at Otago.

Te Poutama Māori is one of several lead Māori academic voices at Otago. We offer considered thinking from a cross-divisional Māori academic perspective for Māori academic excellence to be realised and recognised.

Te Keokeonga / Our vision

Te Poutama Māori supports and seeks further strategic action to give effect to the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Direction across all six goals but especially goal six: Te Whakapakaritanga o ngā Kaimahi Māori: Māori Staff Growth and Development to increase the number of Māori staff at the University of Otago and support their professional and cultural development. Te Poutama Māori celebrates the success of Otago's Māori academics. We invite you to share in our journey - nau mai, haere mai, tauiti mai!

Ngā pānui hou / Otago Māori academics in the news now

Anō te pai, Michelle Thompson-Mich Fawcett for your award in the Kaupapa Māori Category at the Ako Aotearoa Award Ceremony – the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
Ngā mihi nunui hoki ki Associate Professor Faumuina Fa’afetai Sopoaga, from the Division of Health Science for receiving the Prime Minister's Supreme Award. It is the sixth time in the past seven years the top tertiary teacher award has been won by a University of Otago teacher.

Monday 17 September 2018

Almost $19 million awarded to Otago researchers in Health Research Council funding
Monday, 18 June 2018
A new study investigating for the first time the health of occupants of leaky homes in New Zealand is one of many University of Otago-led projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of almost $19 million.

Check out Dr Cameron Lacey's exciting research project.

Numbers of Māori and Pacific students training to be doctors and dentists skyrocket
Friday, 8 June 2018
There has been a significant increase in diversity of students entering the University of Otago’s health professional programmes in recent years, especially among Māori and Pacific students and those from rural areas.

Otago academics defend Māori consultation processes

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Several Otago academics have stepped forward in strong opposition to suggestions that the Treaty of Waitangi has no place in scientific endeavour, and that the University of Otago’s Māori consultation processes are flawed.

Pāpono/Upcoming Events

  • Introducing Dr Moana Theodore with her exciting kōrero about Māori university graduates: Early career destinations.

26 September, 1-2pm at the CFI Seminar Room.

  • Performing Ecologies

An interdisciplinary conference hosted by
The Performance of the Real Research Theme
The University of Otago, Ōtepoti/Dunedin, New Zealand
21 – 23 November 2018

**CFP extended until the 31st August**

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Pukamāta- Te Poutama Māori Facebook page

Te Poutama Māori now have their very own Facebook page, for the most up-to-date information head over to our page and check us out. 

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Photo: Marcelle Wharerau