Māori Research in the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities NSC

Our Research Team

Research Coordinator

Jessica Hutchings, BBHTC Director Māori

Research Leaders

Te Manaaki o te Marae: The role of marae in the Tāmaki Māori housing crisis

Rau Hoskins, Unitec Institute of Technology
Jenny Lee-Morgan, University of Waikato

Toitū te Kāinga, Toitū te Ora, Toitū te Tangata project

Tepora Emery, Project Leader, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Revitalising the production of affordable homes to provide for successful, engaged, and healthy lives

Fiona Cram, Katoa Ltd.

Mana whenua: Building vibrant communities

Jono Kilgour, University of Waikato

Next-generation information for better outcomes

Angus Macfarlane, University of Canterbury

He Kāinga Pai Rawa: A really good home

Rangimahora Reddy, rauawaawa
Sophie Nock, University of Waikato

Dr Jessica Hutchings

Jessica is the Building Better Homes, Towns & Cities Director Māori. With a PhD in environmental studies, she is a kaupapa Māori research leader trained in the fields of environmental and indigenous studies. She has held senior management and leadership roles in the Māori science sector and is widely published with two recent books winning the non-fiction category section at the Māori Book Awards. A woman of many talents, she is also a hua parakore (Māori organic) grower on a small family farm and a devotee and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. She has a deep investment and passion to live her life in ways that uplift the wellbeing of people and the land. 

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 Schools 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.

Dr Tepora Emery

Te Arawa and Ngāti Unu ki Maniapoto (Tainui)

Tepora works as a research, evaluation and facilitation specialist with a particular focus on Māori socio cultural and political development.  With a background in adult teacher education, the social sciences and Māori health research, Tepora has worked with many organisations and institutions teaching about Treaty of Waitangi workplace policies and their meaningful application in practice. Tepora is a Director of Mataara Ltd, an education, research and film and television consultancy service based in Rotorua.

Dr Fiona Cram

Ngāti Pahauwera

Fiona has a PhD in social and developmental psychology from the University of Otago, and has lectured in Social Psychology. She has also been a Senior Research Fellow within IRI (the International Research Institute of Māori and Indigenous Education), at the University of Auckland. In 2003, Fiona established Katoa Ltd. Fiona’s research interests are wide-ranging including Māori health, justice, and education. The over-riding theme of Fiona's work is Kaupapa Māori. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) new evaluation journal, Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aromatawai, published by the NZCER. 

Jonathan Kilgour

Jonathan is a research fellow at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at the University of Waikato. With a Master of Laws degree as well as an MBA and Bachelor of Social Science, Jonathan's research interests include indigenous development and rights, interculturality, Māori jurisprudence, community regeneration,  sustainability and collaborative governance. Jonathan is also currently completing his PhD programme through the Australia National University.

Professor Angus Macfarlane

Angus is Professor of Māori Research at the University of Canterbury. He is an experienced educator and practitioner and has been an advisor and professional development provider for Special Education Services and the Ministry of Education on a number of national projects. His interest is the exploration of cultural concepts and strategies that affect positively on professional practice, on which he published widely. In 2010, Angus was presented with the Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award to acknowledge his significant contribution to Māori research, and in 2015, he received the Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori Context. His book, Responsive Pedagogy, was published in October 2011.

Rangimahora Reddy

Originally from Himatangi, Rangimahora has worked for the Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust since 2010. The Rauawaawa was established in 1997 by a group of Kaumātua that identified a need for Kaumātua culturally focussed and accessible health, social and community based activities and services. The overarching aim being “Hei Manaaki nga Kaumātua”, to enhance the quality of life and well-being of kaumātua. Since 1997, Rauawaawa has been based at a facility that was opened in 1941 called Te Puna o Te Ora. Rangimahora attended Massey University and has spent the last three decades working in both the health and education sectors, in addition she has been a member of NZICA since 1993.

Dr Sophie Nock

Ngāti Kurī

Sophie is a Senior Lecturer at the Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, with research interests in the field of theory and practice of language/second language teaching and learning, teaching methodologies and pedagogies, Māori tikanga, and Māori Development.  Her PhD thesis investigated the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium New Zealand secondary schools (13-18 years) in relation to teaching materials, teaching methodologies, and teacher cognition. She brings experience and expertise in Kaupapa Māori, tikanga Māori, and te reo Māori.

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