• Rongomaiwahine Ngāti Kahungunu Ngāti Tūwharetoa
    Principal Investigator

    Dr James Ataria was a Deputy Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga for a fixed term 2016 to 2018. He is Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University and an ecotoxicologist at the Cawthron Institute, Nelson and is also an associate trustee of the Tuaropaki Trust and a member of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao (Māori Advisory Committee to the board of the Environmental Protection Authority).

  • MAI ki Aoraki

    Activities & Events

    • 2023 Feb 03 9:00 AM to 2023 Feb 06 5:00 PM

      Writing retreat (3 nights)

    • 2023 Jan 20 9:00 AM to 2023 Jan 23 5:00 PM

      Vaughan Park

    • 2022 Jul 08 10:00 AM to 2022 Jul 08 4:00 PM

      F2F & Online


      This blended online symposium is an opportunity to strengthen connections within your MAI site whānau and, together, to consider the wider impact and reach of our collective research to grow, nurture and support Indigenous research relations.

    • 2019 Nov 14 9:00 AM to 2019 Nov 17 5:00 PM

      Puketeraki Marae, North Otago

      In mid November, 87 Māori doctoral students from a broad range of disciplines came together from all over Aotearoa, along with some international Indigenous PhD students, to share their research in a Māori supported way.

    • 2019 Nov 14 9:00 AM to 2019 Nov 17 5:00 PM

      Puketeraki Marae, North Otago

      Join us for the annual National MAI Doctoral Conference, which will be held at Puketeraki Marae, North Otago, 14 -17 November 2019.

      MAI ki Otago, together with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, looks forward to hosting Māori postgraduate students from all over Aotearoa New Zealand for this premiere Māori graduate event.

    Open to all Māori and Indigenous students enrolled or interested in enrolling in a doctoral or pre doctoral programme at Lincoln University.

    In 2012, Lincoln hosted the MAI Doctoral Conference. The conference was held from November the 30th to December 2nd, at Lincoln campus.

  • Full project Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    What values do Māori use to shape their views around the use of bio-control agents to control both exotic and Indigenous species and to values, and how to they assign risk posed by the introduction of a bio-control agent and when is it deemed unacceptable?

  • Ngāti Porou Te Arawa Te Ātiawa Ngāti Raukawa Ngāti Tūwharetoa
    Māori Research Manager
    Bio-Protection Research Centre

    Melanie is an Indigenous environmental sociologist, and the Māori Research Manager – Kaiārahi for the Bio-Protection Research Centre (a Centre of Research Excellence) based at Lincoln University.

  • Scoping project

    Project commenced:

    Our main question is ‘do hapū and Iwi  views  and practices provide an alternative paradigm to New Zealand’s biosecurity system to better protect our taonga species?

    Māori have developed practices and methods such as the use of ritenga (customs, laws, and protocols) and whakapapa (species assemblages within a holistic ecosystem paradigm) to mitigate risks and threats to both endemic biodiversity and primary production systems from pests, weeds and pathogens. However, the 21st century has seen a rapid increase in species introductions to New Zealand, with dramatic consequences for both Māori livelihoods and cultural integrity.

  • Tūhoe Whakatōhea Whānau-ā-Apanui
    Lecturer / Māori Kaihautū

    Amanda’s research expertise is in environmental soil and water chemistry, focusing on major nutrient cycling, including the incorporation of molecular techniques to explore the relationship between functional gene expression and soil product activity.