Media & content preparation for was produced by Merata Kawharu, Paul Tapsell, Mike Hennessy and a team of researchers.
Website has been developed by Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule of


Merata (Ngāti Rāhiri, Ngāti Kawa, Ngāti Whātua) is the Director (Research) of the James Henare Māori Research Centre, at the University of Auckland and a research Associate Professor at the University of Otago.

She has worked on research projects with many hapū and iwi for over 15 years, has published widely on Māori development, culture, leadership and entrepreneurship, World Heritage and indigenous issues.


Mike is a producer, digital consultant and oral historian, with more than 15 years experience in the media industry.

His expertise includes filming and interviews, web development, account management, GPS project mapping, social media and digital strategy.


Paul (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pukaki) is a professor and Chair of Māori Studies at Te Tumu, University of Otago. He was previously Director (Māori) at the Auckland Museum for a number of years and also at the Rotorua Museum. He is actively involved in Te Arawa affairs in committees and has published and spoken around the world on museum and indigenous issues, taonga, marae, mātauranga, Māori development, leadership and entrepreneurship.


Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule (Puerto Rican, Dutch) is co-founder of, Aotearoa’s most popular independent Māori news portal. Together with her husband, Potaua (Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) they have been creating innovative digital platforms specifically for indigenous communities since 2002.

The project is based out of the James Henare Māori Research Centre at the University of Auckland.

Dr Merata Kawharu
James Henare Māori Research Centre
03 479 1100

Dr Paul Tapsell
Te Tumu, University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin
03 479 1100

Nikolasa Biasiny-Tule
022 419 4304


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