Limited Scope, Limited Vision, Limited Benefit: The Issue of CoRE Funding Decisions and the Marginalisation of Māori Research

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This Blog from Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is a response to the announcement of  funding for six Centres of Research Excellence.

Today TEC announced the centres in the new round of Centre of Research Excellence that will be funded from the round initiated in 2013.

The six CoRE announced are:
The Maurice Wilkins Centre, Te Punaha Matatini – The Centre for Complex Systems, and Networks Medical Technologies CoRE, all hosted by the University of Auckland;
Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa, co-hosted by University of Otago and University of Auckland.
The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington,
The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, hosted by University of Otago.

An interesting and sadly predictable line up. All the CoRE are Science, Biomedical or Clinical based centres. All but one of the CoRE are hosted by either the University of Auckland…

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Racism and Cultural Misappropriation

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Over the past month I have been made aware of three clear acts of racist misappropriation of Native American imagery here in Aotearoa. This is not new, we know that, but it is rare to have so many examples here in such a short period of time. All of those actions were engaged directly and raised critical issues about the deep lack of understanding or awareness of the insidious nature of cultural misappropriation.

Around a month ago a Māori woman student indicated that the Waikato Law Students Association was have an event within which a section was themed ‘Cowboys and Indians’, after complaints this was changed to a theme that it is said related to the University colours ‘I See Red’ and explanation for the initial theme seems to never have been given. The question must be asked how a Law Students Association who should, theoretically at least, have some…

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The Denial of Maori Research Development

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama

[Note from Te Wharepora Hou: This article reflects the personal views of Dr Leonie Pihama and is endorsed by Te Wharepora Hou.]

This week Iwi and Maori researchers and research organisations received notification that the Maori Centre of Research Excellence (CORE) ‘Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga’ would not be funded in the next round of the National CORE funding.

The Royal Society of New Zealand states:
“The CoREs are inter-institutional research networks, with researchers working together on commonly agreed work programmes. CoREs focus on the development of human capital, so they undertake outreach activities (for example, within the wider education system). CoREs make a contribution to national development and focus on the impact of their research.”

For the 2013/2014 round there are NO Maori CORE’s in the final round for consideration.

There also appear to be no Maori on the selection panels. Well at least…

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Reclaiming Māori Image

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama

Over the past thirty years we have seen Māori involvement in the film industry grow and flourish. The films of the 1980’s, Ngati, Mauri and Te Rua, all written and directed by Māori saw the emergence of Māori stories open a new genre of films in this country. They were films that were imbued with cultural ways of being and storytelling that was informed by the lives of a generation of Māori storytellers who struggled to create space within the film industry in this country. Storytellers and filmmakers Barry Barclay, Merata Mita and Don Selwyn lay a pathway for generations of Māori filmmakers to follow. It is a path that has been blocked for many years by an ongoing obsession with representations of Māori beating Māori. It was a roadblock that came in the form of ‘Once Were Warriors’ and which continued throughout the 1990’s with the…

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Celebrating Māori Educational Success

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E mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou. I te tuatahi ka mihi ki te marae o Waipapa, me ngā whare e tū motuhake ana,  arā ko Tānenuiārangi te whare tupuna, ko Reipai te wharekai. Tēnā korua ngā whare manaaki tangata.

E rere kau ana taku mihi ki a rātou mā kua haere ki tua o te ārai, me kī kua ea te wāhi ki a rātou.  Rātou kua hoki atu rā ki a Hinenuitepo, ki te wāhi okiokinga mā te tangata.

Ka huri ki a tātou ngā hunga ora kua huihui mai nei i tēnei ahiahi pō, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou.

E tika ana te mihi ki te hau kainga, ngā tangata whenua o tēnei wāhi, ki a koutou Ngati Whaatua o Orakei, tēnei te mihi matakuikui nā tēnei mokopuna a te maunga tītōhea, me te awa tupuna o Waikato.

Nā koutou mātou ko āku tamariki…

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Māori women say traditional values are the key to combatting violence – media release

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Media release 24 November 2013

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 Te Wharepora Hou Māori women’s group calls on Māori across the country to commit to removing family violence by returning to traditional values and practices. 

“The violence experienced in our home and whānau is a direct outcome of colonisation which has removed whānau from the tikanga that mitigates such abuse” said Associate Professor Leonie Pihama of Waikato University. “We must not tolerate this form of destruction within our homes. Nor should we tolerate the ongoing violence perpetuated by the Crown on our whānau” she states.
 Te Wharepora Hou has been working to raise awareness of a range of issues that impact on Māori whānau.  Founding member Marama Davidson is also a part of the Glenn Inquiry into domestic violence and child abuse. She has been on the panels to ensure the voices of all whānau are heard, including Māori women and children.  “Māori women are saying very clearly that our values need to return…

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Dr Leonie Pihama speaks at the Hamilton GCSB Bill protest

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Starting at 7:25mins.
Dr Leonie Pihama shares korero on the essential historical context of colonial abuse of surveillance laws and branding social justice activists as terrorists. She also touches on the relationship of fighting for social justice in relationship to the GCSB Bill, Treaty of Waitangi, TPPA free trade agreements and the dignity of all peoples of Aotearoa.

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Reflections from Great Turtle Island

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Dr Leonie Pihama Dr Leonie Pihama

This is the first year I have not been on our lands on Waitangi Day.  Watching from a distance can be highly frustrating.  However, finding footage Annette speak at the forum through youtube was an inspiration.  Thank goodness for hand held cameras and phones that can capture such korero, as we know that neither Pakeha or Māori media have ever made a true commitment to broadcasting those discussions that are held in the forum that has been facilitated by Te Kawariki for many years.

Reading John Key’s speech for the day was like reading some of the recent rhetoric from the Conservative Harper government in Canada.  We should be deeply concerned.  Yet this year there seemed to be an increase in people wishing each other “Happy Waitangi Day” and that is equally as disturbing.  How has that expression emerged in a context where our people are experiencing…

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Marriage Equality : First Reading

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Dr Leonie Pihama

Today marks the first reading of the Marriage Equality Bill sponsored by Louisa Wall.  The Bill was drawn from the Ballot on July 26th and since that time there has been increasing debate and discussion around the fundamental question of what constitutes marriage.  As a Māori lesbian woman with six (well grounded and secure!) children the question is very simple and has been articulated with both strength and dignity by Louisa and those who are a part of the conversation promoting the Bill. It is about peoples fundamental right to marry, to commit to a lifelong relationship and to have their relationship acknowledged in all levels of society.  All people have that right. It is not only a right for straight people no matter what fundamentalist and other social conservatives seem to want us to believe.

The ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’ platform…

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Taking It To The Streets

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Dr Leonie Pihama

It was the day of the Budget that the first ‘Blockade the Budget’ protest brought Auckland students back on to the streets for the first time in many years.  It was the first student protest that my 18 year old daughter joined her university peers to stand against the budget policies that cut student allowances to graduate students and increased student loan repayments. It was also the day of protests against the imprisonisation of Tame and Rangi.  She said to me that day “I thought that you weren’t here in Auckland so I had better go”.   It was one of those ‘proud’ parent days of which I can say I have had many.

My six children have all been involved in all protest that their parents have been involved in.  They have been a part of a generation that as children handed out pamphlets around Waitangi for…

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