Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua

Our Research Team

Principal Investigators

Rau Hoskins, Unitec Institute of Technology

Jenny Lee-Morgan, University of Waikato

Rihi Te-Nana, Unitec Institute of Technology

Toitu te Kainga project

Denise Riini, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Waiariki Institute of Technology

Ian McLean, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Daiman Otto, Tall Wood

Doug Gaunt, Scion Research

Andrea Stocherro, Scion Research

Lian Wu, Unitec Institute of Technology

Bin Su, Unitec Institute of Technology

Rau Hoskins

Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi

Rau is a director of the Design Tribe architectual practice specialising in kaupapa Māori design. With a Master in Architecture (Hons), Rau has lectured in Māori architecture at the Auckland and Unitec School? ?!"s of Architecture since 1990 and currently co-heads Te Hononga - The Centre for Māori Architecture and Appropriate Technologies at Unitec. Rau wrote the Māori Housing Design Guide in 2002 and chaired the steering group that developed the Te Aranga Māori Cultural Landscape Strategy in 2006. Rau is the Chair of Te Matapihi, the national Māori housing support body and an adviser to the Minister of Housing on the Social Housing Unit and Social housing policy. Rau presented the 13 part Whare Māori television series which screened on Māori Television in 2011

Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan

Ngāti Mahuta

Jenny joined Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato as Deputy Director in July 2016. She was the Head of School of Te Puna Wānanga, School of Māori Education at the University of Auckland. Previously a Māori secondary school teacher, Jenny worked in the community, tertiary and business sectors with a focus on teaching and learning, and Kaupapa Māori research.  Her doctoral research focused on pūrākau of Ako (Māori pedagogies) of Māori secondary school teachers.

Rihi Te Nana

Rihi is the Māori Development Leader for the counselling and social service agency Relationships Aotearoa (the largest counselling and education non-governmental organisation in New Zealand) and a Research Partner at Unitec's Tuapapa Rangahau. She is an experienced therapist who has been working alongside Māori whanau (family), hapu (familial tribes) and iwi (tribe) to develop and strengthen tikanga (customary) practices of health and well-being. She has previously worked on research projects through Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato.

Denise Riini

Denise is the programme area lead for nursing at the Waiariki Institute of Technology. She is the lead health researcher for the Toitu te Kainga project, a joint research project between Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Unitec Institute of Technology, Scion, Auckland offsite design and manufacturing company Tall Wood, and Te Matekuare Whanau. Her team of researchers and nursing students will seek to find out baseline information about the health and wellbeing of research participants from 20 different households. Denise, who also holds roles within Wharangi Ruamano, the Māori Nurse and Midwife Educators Group, and is a programme auditor for the Nursing Council of New Zealand, was involved in the development of the Master of Applied Professional Studies programme in Nursing at the Waiariki Institute of Technology.