Te Kotahi Research Institute

Te Kotahi Research Institute

Description

Te Kotahi Research Institute has been established to enhance engagement in research and development (R&D) by improving access to research and providing pathways for innovation. R&D plays a vital role in wealth creation. Increasing Māori engagement in these activities has the potential to contribute greatly to the Māori economy. However, the real value lies in how that additional wealth is used to transform and create well-being for Iwi, Māori, Indigenous communities and society.

Expertise

Te Kotahi Research Institute has been established to enhance engagement in research and development (R&D) by improving access to research and providing pathways for innovation. R&D plays a vital role in wealth creation. Increasing Māori engagement in these activities has the potential to contribute greatly to the Māori economy. However, the real value lies in how that additional wealth is used to transform and create well-being for Iwi, Māori, Indigenous communities and society.

Objective

Te Kotahi Research Institute supports a shift in strategy and decision making towards more holistic and sustainable approaches by assisting iwi & Māori entities to access innovative technologies that address practical issues, and world class research that leads to meaningful cultural, social and economic outcomes.

Research Focus

Te Kotahi Research Institute currently have three key research areas:

Innovation – Imagine the invisible

Research in this area is aligned with the government’s Vision Mātauranga and focuses on unlocking the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people

Well-Being – Explore the potential

Research in this area examines the links between health, socio-economic development and concepts of well-being. It also explores sustainable development pathways that will enhance the well-being of our communities in keeping with Indigenous paradigms.

Inspiration – Defy the impossible

TKRI facilitate opportunities for reflection, engagement with new ideas, and dialogue to enhance thinking around key issues of Māori development. They also promote kaupapa Māori research and capacity-building programmes based on advancing Māori scholarship and leadership.

Unique Capability Proposition

TKRI offer research, consultancy and capacity building services. They collaborate with researchers from other universities, Crown Research Institutes, Whare Wānanga, Māori organisations and iwi providers to undertake projects on a “best team” basis. TKRI mātauranga Māori, diverse Māori perspectives, indigenous knowledge and disciplinary knowledge in order to develop innovative approaches to research and development.

Good research questions transcend boundaries and Te Kotahi Research Institute looks to undertake research collaborations with any organisation that can contribute to realising Māori aspirations.

Past Successes

Innovation

  • Kōtihitihi: Writings in Te Reo Māori
  • Te Hau Mihi Ata: Mātauranga Māori, Science & Biotechnology
  • Strategic Step Change: Māori entities in the science sector
  • Collaborative models for health service delivery

Well-being

  • Mauri Tū Mauri Ora: The role of resiliency in enhancing health and well-being in Indigenous communities
  • Pito kit e Paepae: A scope report on the state of the paepae in Otorohanga
  • Young Māori Parents: A research scoping report about teenage Māori parents
  • Te Toi Roa: Towards an Evaluation Methodology for Mana Whenua and Mātaawaka Well-being in Tamaki Makaurau
  • Tāngata-centred Huntingtons
  • Tipping Points: The Relationship between Māori youth workforce participation and mental health
  • Mauri Tangata | Mouri Whānau: Re-positioning Māori resistance and well-being in Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy and Service Provision
  • Supporting Traditional Rongoa Practice in Contemporary Settings
  • He Kokonga Whare: Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing
  • Māori Health Literacy and Palliative Care

Inspiration

  • Te Wheke-ā-Tai: Pilot Project for Acceleration of Māori and Pacific Postraduate Enrolments and Completions
  • Manu Ao: Māori Academic Network across Universities in Aotearoa
  • MAI ki Waikato