Kāhui Māori - Advisory Group

Kāhui Māori ensures Vision Mātauranga and Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) principles are embedded across SfTI. The 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.

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Te Taka is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Waikato. He has worked on a number of projects involving Te Reo and technology. These include the Māori Niupepa Collection, Te Kete Ipurangi, the Microsoft keyboard, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in Māori , Moodle in Māori , Google Web Search in Māori , and the Māori macroniser. In 2009 Te Taka spent six months with Google in Mountain View as a visiting scientist assisting with the Google Translator Toolkit for Māori . Further work with Google led to Translate in Māori. Te Taka is the Kāhui's Kaihautū.

Te Taka Keegan

Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura, Te Whānau-ā-Karuai ki Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Whakaaue

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Before joining Otago University in 2008, Katharina’s early career included teaching in management roles, as well as five years as education manager and project consultancy with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Katharina joined Otago University's Dean's Office in April 2017 to provide leadership and strategic advice to the Business School on the University’s Māori Strategic Framework.

As well as being a Kāhui Māori member, Katharina leads Vision Mātauranga in SfTI's Building New Zealand’s Innovation portfolio and is a member of the senior management team.

Katharina's research focuses on innovation and Māori business, including developing science capacity to respond to the growing Māori economy."

Katharina Ruckstuhl

Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne
SfTI Theme Leader - Vision Mātauranga, and Co-Theme Leader of Building New Zealand’s Innovation Spearhead project

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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.

Mānuka Henare

Ngāti Haua hapu of Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri and Ngāti Kahu of Muriwhenua

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Kirikowhai is a leading Māori data and information specialist focused on harnessing information to empower iwi, hapū, whānau and community development. She is a consultant with over 15 years’ experience advising Ministers, government agencies, tribal, community and private sector organisations with practical statistical analysis and innovative place-based data solutions.

With a bi-cultural education and upbringing, intensive technical training, and hands-on experience with diverse communities, Kirikowhai brings a unique perspective to development opportunities. She is also a technical advisor to the Iwi (Tribal) Chairs Forum — Data Leadership Group, a Future Director of the State Sector on the Te Māngai Pāho Board, and deputy chair of the Māori hauora provider Manaaki Ora Trust.

Kirikowhai Mikaere

Tuhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue

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Nancy is a research scientist at New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research. She has a background in materials science and polymer chemistry.

Her research interests stem from mātauranga Māori based on traditional uses of indigenous fibres (e.g. harakeke, kiekie, ti kouka etc.) and how these natural resources might gain contemporary use in fibre reinforced composites.

Her work focuses on bio-based, sustainable, polymers such as advanced bio-adhesives for wood panel composites and degradable plastic alternatives. She is also involved in wood and fibre processing, and fermenting fungal species as anti-microbial colourant.

Nancy Kay Garrity

Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Hine

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

Shay established the Māori Development Unit at The Icehouse business hub before co-founding Te Whare Hukahuka, an education and leadership enterprise organisation.

Te Whare Hukahuka helps grow sustainable Māori social enterprises, and has trained more than 800 Māori trust leaders in strategy, governance and commercialisation, including more than 130 emerging Māori leaders. Shay helped develop the recently adopted SfTI Rangatahi Strategy to enable the next generation of science and technology leaders.

Shay Wright

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāruahine

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Vanessa has more than 20 years’ global experience predominantly in the information and communication technology sector. She has a rich and diverse background – from New Zealand local government to 11 years in Silicon Valley with the multinational Cisco Systems Inc, and the launch of an IT start-up in Hong Kong and London.

Vanessa heads the Vanessa Clark Consulting, which works to support Māori with innovative ICT solutions and start-up businesses. As Research Developer (Māori Engagement) at Waikato University, she develops external relationships and support researchers to engage effectively with iwi and hapū, Māori communities and organisations, and strengthen research alignment with Vision Mātauranga.

Appointed to the Te Māngai Pāho board in December 2015, Vanessa is also a member of the Ka Hao Māori ICT Development Fund Expert Advisory Group. Her varied roles are built around her passions for technology, education and Māori economic development.

Vanessa Clark

Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Tīpa, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Āmaru

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Professor of Management at Victoria University Business School, and former Commissioner with the New Zealand Productivity Commission (2011-March 2020), Sally’s academic life began as a research chemist.

An Emeritus Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Sally is also a Principal Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini, which develops methods and tools for transforming complex data into knowledge.

With research interests covering the commercialisation of scientific research, entrepreneurship and the growth of high-tech firms, innovation strategy and policy, Sally has led research grants covering projects on competitive advantage in New Zealand firms, and sustainability and firm-level productivity in our biotechnology and food and beverage sectors.

Sally is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University, a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, and a member of Global Women.

Sally Davenport

SfTI Director

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Te Rina is a reporter with Te Karere, and is passionate about telling stories with a Māori lens.

She holds a Bachelor in Māori Development majoring in Māori Media, and a Graduate Diploma in Business. Te Rina was raised in Gisborne and came through the area's first language nest at Te Iti Kahurangi Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa.

She is an accomplished dancer, musician and performer, and is a graduate of the Māori governance course Ka Eke Poutama.

Te Rina Kowhai

Ngāti Porou me Ngāpuhi

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I was fortunate to grow up knowing where I come from and being exposed to Māori customs and processes. I am humbled to be groomed by the old people, who keep encouraging me to pursue te wāhi ngaro.

I am very lucky to have had opportunities to facilitate and participate in Rangatahi wānanga locally and nationally, and lead conversation in youth development and indigenous knowledges, as well as tech development and implementations at local, national and international levels. As a graduate of the Animation college ( class of 2015 Rotorua) and a founding member of ForCompanyB. Ltd which is group of Rotorua-based animators, content creators, storytellers and IT leaders, I feel responsible to promote Māori ideology.

Te Mauri Kingi

Tuhourangi, Ngati Whakaue