Kāhui Māori - Advisory Group

Kāhui Māori ensures Vision Mātauranga and Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) principles are embedded across SfTI. The six-member Kāhui Māori group guides SfTI researchers on incorporating Vision Mātauranga into their research so the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people can be unlocked to benefit New Zealand.


As well as Sally Davenport, Te Taka Keegan, and Katharina Ruckstuhl, the Kāhui Māori group includes:

Mānuka Henare (Ngāti Haua hapu of Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāti Kahu of Muriwhenua)

An associate professor in Māori Business Development at Auckland University's Business school, Mānuka has advised government departments, local authorities and other institutions on ambicultural or bicultural governance and management policies. He has also served on Government committees covering development assistance, peace and disarmament, archives, history, social policy, and environmental risk management.

Mānuka was recently a visiting fellow of Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University.

Jason Turuwhenua (Ngati Porou, Ngai Tuhoe)

A Senior Research Fellow with a joint appointment between the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Auckland University School of Optometry and Vision Science, Jason is interested in translating engineering methods from computer vision, image processing and optics into real world clinical application. He currently leads a large International research project where he and his team are developing a new technology for objectively measuring visual function in children.

Shay Wright (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāruahine)

Shay is a social entrepreneur who combines entrepreneurship, innovation, education, and indigenous knowledge to create social enterprises.  

Growing up in in New Zealand’s rural Far North, after university study in Auckland Shay established the Māori Development Unit at The Icehouse business hub. 

He then co-founded Te Whare Hukahuka, an education and leadership enterprise organisation that has trained more than 750 Māori trust leaders in strategy, governance and commercialisation to help them grow sustainable social enterprises. 

He Ritenga

Our Kāhui Māori team have produced this handy, downloadable guide to incorporating Māori values and principles into SfTI events.

Download He Ritenga (PDF 66KB)