Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae

11 October 2016

Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae

On the 11th of October, Auckland-based researchers and clinicians affiliated with Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa attended the Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi marae.

The purpose of this visit is to engage directly with the Māori community for our research efforts and to get feedback on how to direct our research efforts in consultation with the Māori community in the future.

The event was an enormous success and Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) researchers all provided the matariki at Hoani Waititi marae with some inspiring stories about neuroscience.

Researchers planted seeds for the tamariki about pursuing careers in neuroscience and healthcare research. Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) researchers are here to support them on their journey.  

The visiting researchers were humbled and honoured to receive such as beautiful and powerful pōwhiri to the marae from the talented matariki - they are national Kapa Haka winners for a reason!

This first wānanga paves the way for closer consultation with the Māori community in Auckland but also throughout New Zealand.

For researchers unable to make it to the event, Hinemoa and Athena have put together a digital training video which helps researchers and clinicians who are keen to learn more about marae protocol and particularly structuring a pepeha, in preparation for Dunedin wānanga on the 21-23 November or for any other future wānanga sessions. Watch this space for more information.

Dunedin researchers and clinicians are invited to save the date and RSVP asap for the Dunedin wānanga


Date: Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 November 2016

University of Otago Te Koronga: Indigenous Science Research Theme Wānanga

Visiting Seelye Fellow to the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla along with his PhD student Laena
Visiting Seelye Fellow to the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla along with his PhD student Laena

Tāmaki wānanga at Hoani Waititi Marae

Learn how to structure your pepeha 

Māori Strategy Manager for Brain Research New Zealand Dr Hinemoa Elder demonstrates how to structure your pepeha so that you're prepared for your next visit to the marae.