Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
Karyn Paringatai (Ngāti Porou) is an Associate Professor 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, along with Professor Jacinta Ruru and Professor Suzanne Pitama; and they are all 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. In 2014, Karyn won the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, in conjunction with the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching award in a Kaupapa Māori context. Karyn has delivered significant keynote presentations on Māori teaching methods. She is currently leading a Marsden funded project to tell a human story of stomach cancer.
Director of MIHI - Māori/Indigenous Health Institute, Associate Dean Māori (Christchurch)
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 Associate Professor 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. In 2015, Suzanne won the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, in conjunction with the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching award in a Kaupapa Māori context. In 2018, Suzanne won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Dame Joan Metge Medal for her innovative work in health professional education to address critical Indigenous health inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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 Professor Suzanne Pitama, Associate Professor 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. She is Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (funded by the Tertiary Education Commission). She is committed to tertiary student success, and increasing the Māori career pathways into the tertiary workforce. In 2016, Jacinta won the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, in conjunction with the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching award in a Kaupapa Māori context. In 2018, Jacinta was part of an inclusive team of New Zealand Māori law academics to receive Borrin Foundation funding to research the growing place for tikanga Māori in the LLB degree.