2014 - 2015 Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Research Internship Programme

  • 22 September 2014

Ten NPM Research Internship projects have recently been confirmed for the 2014-2015 summer, and student internship applications can be now be made.

The following projects have been selected:

- Māori Law Stories (Khylee Quince) Based in Auckland this research project will focus on a book which will tell the stories behind a number of historical and contemporary legal cases involving Māori.

- Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) for Indigenous languages (Dr Matiu Tai Ratima) Located in Dunedin, this research project will conduct a review of the literature on CLT and its relevance to indigenous language revitalisation.

- Whangapoua Harbour Mauri Model Analysis (Dr Kepa Morgan). Based at Whangapoua (Coromandel) and in Auckland, this research will be conducted into the effects of the Matarangi Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge on the mauri of the harbour, swimming, the gathering of seafood and the wider cultural relationship that the local iwi (Ngāti Huarere) enjoy with the harbour.

- Harnessing Hapū Hiko (Dr Maria Bargh) Based in Wellington, with a site visit to Kearoa Marae (Rotorua), this research project will focus on a micro-hydro plant that is located at Kearoa (Ngāti Kea/Ngāto Tuara) and look at the use of surplus power from the plant for a proposed horticultural project, from a NZ & Māori economy perspective.

- Māori values in the workplace (Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane) Based in Christchurch, this research project will expand on an already completed 2012 survey study, on the extent to which organisations espouse the 5 core Māori values of manaakitanga, wairuatanga, auahatanga, whakawhanaungatanga and kaitiakitanga.

- Tangaroa Ara Rau: Examining the Archival Material of Tangaroa (Dr Anne-Marie Jackson) Based in Dunedin, the purpose of this research project is to examine the Māori and Pacific archives in the Hocken Library pertaining to Tangaroa, the ocean and the sea.

- Do Kahawai enter rivers during summer to spawn? (Kimberley Maxwell). Based in Wellington and also in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, this project will involve field work and hapū initiated kaupapa Māori research which will determine if Kahawai (Arripis trutta) enter rivers during summer to spawn.

- Measuring the restoration of mauri and ecosystem services at Whenua Rangatira (Dr Shiloh Groot, in collaboration with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Auckland Council). Based in Auckland this project will investigate the environmental impacts and social values of the restoration of Whenua Rangatira, which lies adjacent to Ōkahu Bay, and will compare and contrast 'restoration success' with Project Twin Streams, in Waitakere.

- Measuring the restoration of mauri and ecosystem services at Ōkahu Bay (Dr Brendon Dunphy, in collaboration with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei & Auckland Council) Based in Auckland this research project will investigate the progress of the restoration of water quality at Ōkahu Bay, to a point where the waters are safe to swim in and kaimoana can be safely gathered and eaten.

- Liberating Psychologies : Māori Moving Forward (A. Prof. Linda Waimarie Nikora, with Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki; Prof. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku; Prof. Darrin Hodgetts; Mr Mohi Rua; Ms Bridgette Masters-Awatere) Based in Hamilton at the University of Waikato, this purpose of this project is for interns to experience the ethos of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, enhance their knowledge of indigenous psychology and engage in the research cycle and be active in generating research ideas and proposals for funding, amongst many other goals.

To read more about the projects that are being offered link here

Applications can be made online until 4pm, 14th October 2014 via the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga website.

To submit your application for consideration, please link here

The purpose of the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Research Internship Programme is to foster and encourage promising students to enter a research career and gain research training by working closely on an investigator initiated project, with an active researcher who is able to supervise, support and mentor the intern through research activity.