Our People

Linda Waimarie Nikora is co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, the University of Auckland. She was previously Professor of Psychology and Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato. Her specialities are in in community psychology, applied social psychology, ethnopsychology and Maori development.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Co-Director Tahu Kukutai is Professor of Demography at Te Ngira: Institute for Population Research, The University of Waikato where she specialises in Māori and Indigenous demography and data sovereignty. Tahu is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

Business and Publications Manager

Marie-Chanel Berghan looks after the financial, contract and operations (physical resources and infrastructure) management of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. As well as managing the publications, specifically the two NPM Journals; AlterNative and MAI Journal.

Emerging Researchers' Leader

Dr Hinekura Smith (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is NPM's Emerging Researchers’ Leader, providing further national leadership and coordination of MAI Te Kupenga and developing and nurturing initiatives that contribute to the outcomes and objectives of NPM’s Capability and Capacity Strategy.

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NPM Secretariat

Paora is Kaihautu Tikanga (Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori leader) at NPM and also a Professional Teaching Fellow at the Department of Māori Studies, University of Auckland where he lectures in Kapahaka, Traditional & Contemporary Māori Performing Arts and Te Reo Māori. 

He has had a significant career in kapahaka as well as traditional and contemporary Māori performing arts, including areas of performing, teaching/training, directing, judging as well as choreography and composition within this indigenous genre of dance.

Tim West-Newman develops and implements technical business solutions including websites for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Tim has a PhD in Human Computer Interaction and has worked mainly in web and information technology systems development, having worked in The University of Auckland and AUT University, as well as an independent contractor for various organisations.

Communications Advisor

Cindy McQuade is the communications advisor for NPM. She has a varied career in the media, working both as a journalist and free-lance writer and as a graphic designer for many years.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Political Science, Bachelor of Media Art, majoring in graphic design, and Cert. Journalism.

Centre Administrator

Honorine Franswah assists with all the administrative functions of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, including the Centre’s reception and secretarial duties.  Honorine obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Madras and brings substantial administrative experience from nearly 20 years involvement in the manufacturing sector in India.  More recently she provided administrative support at The University of Auckland prior to taking up her role at the Centre.
 

Journal and Publications Coordinator

Wiremu coordinates the publication processes of AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, as well as contributing to other publishing projects at Ngā Pāe o te Māramatanga.

Wi holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Brigham Young University–Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Human Biology from the University of Auckland.  He also holds a Diploma in Applied Science (Animal Biology) from the University of Waikato, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Auckland.