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Te Kotahi Research Institute for Innovation, Well-being and Inspiration (iwi)


The Institute is named for Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta the founding Director of the Centre of Māori Studies research at the University of Waikato in 1972. Te Kotahi Research Institute will work with iwi, drawing on matauranga Māori and multi-disciplines, to create new knowledge and innovations that will inspire our people and communities and lead to the well-being of our whanau, and society.

The Institute aims to:

  • Undertake research that will accelerate development and lead to social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being
  • Apply matauranga Māori, and diverse Maori perspectives, to disciplinary knowledge in order to develop innovative research approaches
  • Build strong iwi-university research collaborations drawing especially on the iwi of Te Ropu Manukura
  • Work with the Waikato-Tainui Endowed College to enhance research collaborations with Waikato-Tainui and the Kīngitanga
  • Foster future focussed projects with a 25 year and beyond timeframe
  • Build a vibrant research community that attracts doctoral students, international scholars, university researchers and community leaders
  • Grow new research leaders who can work across disciplines and with communities
  • Translate knowledge into iwi, regional and national policy and practice outcomes
  • Support iwi based implementation that derives from our research