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BA, Grad Dip (Auckland), DPhil (Oxford)
Ngāti Whatua

Adjunct Research Associate Professor - Te Tumu (April 2014- June 2016)


Office: 4S3, Te Tumu (Richardson Building, South Tower)
Tel: +64 3 479 8364


  • 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
  • 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 self.
  • 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).


  • 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.


Bunt, C., Griffin, F., Kawharu, M., Bond, S., & Telfer, I. (2023, June). Adaptation. Panel discussion at the Science-based Policy School for Climate Change, [Hybrid]. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Tane, P. (2023). Applying whakapapa research methodology in Māori kin communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2023.2227232 Journal - Research Article

Fforde, C., Hemming, S., Kawharu, M., Kent, L., Mayer, L., Rigney, D., & Tapsell, P. (2023). Heritage, reconciliation and peacebuilding in Australia and New Zealand. In N. Shepherd (Ed.), Rethinking heritage in precarious times: Coloniality, climate change, and Covid-19. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003188438 Chapter in Book - Research

Kawharu, M., Tapsell, P., & Tane, H. (2022). Pā to plate: Innovation at source: Preliminary insights. Commissioned by Our Land & Water National Science Challenge. 26p. Commissioned Report for External Body

Kawharu, M., Tane, H., & Tapsell, P. (2022). Pā to plate: Indicators of success. Commissioned by Our Land & Water National Science Challenge. 42p. Retrieved from Commissioned Report for External Body

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