Māori Communities

E kitea ai ngā toanga o te moana me mākū koe
If you seek the treasures of the ocean, you need to get wet

One of BRNZ’s key strategic aims is to partner with Māori in a meaningful way to help improve Māori health outcomes, and to support the development of a thriving Māori neuroscience and healthcare workforce. To achieve this aim, we have set a clear mātuaranga agenda to ensure Māori communities have regular opportunities to communicate their mātauranga to members of our research team. Each year, you will find us at significant Māori events – the Te Matatini festival, the Koroneihana of the Māori King, the vibrant Māori TV awards – raising awareness of our work and engaging with Māori young and old to better understand their needs and values.

We are also privileged to have the support of two key Māori community partners - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi in Tāmaki Makarau (Auckland) and Puketeraki Marae, Ōtepoti (Dunedin). These two partners, each with their unique strengths, play a vital role in ensuring the research we do is culturally responsive and grounded in te reo me ona tikanga.

Find out more about our Māori community partners below.



Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, Otepoti
Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, Otepoti
South Island BRNZ Māori community partner
Hoani Waititi Marae
Hoani Waititi Marae
North Island BRNZ Māori community partner