Rangahau Māori (Māori Research): An Indigenous Perspective

Ella Henry

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

This paper explores the strategies being developed and pioneered by Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: He Kāinga Whakamana Tangata, Whakamana Taiao (BBHTC), whose vision is to build environments that build communities, through a mission involving co-created, innovative research that helps transform dwellings into homes and communities that are hospitable, productive, and protective. BBHTC is taking an innovative approach to Māori research and development, operating across academic, cultural, and social sectors. There are Māori at governance and senior management levels, and researchers from around the country, who bring a wealth of expertise, and who are committed to developing research and projects that deliver meaningful outcomes for Māori. The paper presents a model for conducting research with and for Māori, that is empowering and mutually beneficial to all parties involved in the research.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

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Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Māori, papakāinga, marae, community, community engagement, urban development, urban design

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Māori; Marae; Community Engagement


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha

Conference Proceedings

Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Henry, E. (2017). Rangahau Māori (Māori Research): An Indigenous Perspective. 18pgs. International Social Innovation Research Conference, Swinburne University, Melbourne, December 12-15, 2017.