• Haere Mai: Welcome

    Haere Mai: Welcome

    Te Atawhai o Te Ao
  • Te Atawhai o Te Ao

    Te Atawhai o Te Ao

    Independent Māori Institute for Environment and Health
  • Te Atawhai o Te Ao

    Te Atawhai o Te Ao

    Working alongside whānau and Māori communities
  • Haere Mai: Welcome
  • Te Atawhai o Te Ao
  • Te Atawhai o Te Ao

Te Atawhai o Te Ao

Kaupapa Māori Institute that undertakes
a range of environmental and health research.
Te Atawhai o Te Ao

HE KĀKANO

Māori Views and Experiences of Fertility, Reproduction
and ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies).

Te Atawhai o Te Ao

Māori Organics

This project is focussed on the importance of growing
good kai for whānau, hapū and iwi.

We have worked with Iwi to develop an organic certification process.

A Māori approach to Māori issues

Kaupapa Māori research grew out of the Kaupapa
Māori schooling movement and the revival of
Māori language in the late 1980s.
Kaupapa Māori Research is research
that values Māori ways of doing things.
A Māori approach to Māori issues






Māori History

Our unique history and unique perspectives,
shape who we are and how we resolve issues.






Photo credit: 'Whanganui River, 1908' Ministry for Culture and Heritage (2013)
A Māori approach to Māori issues

Kaupapa Māori Research

Our leading principles include:
Tino Rangatiratanga,

Taonga Tuku Iho,

Ako Māori,
Kia piki ake i ngā raruraru o te kainga,
Whānau,
Kaupapa,
Te Tiriti o Waitangi,
Ata.

Haere i te rourou iti ā haere
Ata whakaarohia tāu haere
Kia kore ai e mate kai,
ko wai ka hua, ko wai ka tohu

He mihi tēnei ki a koutou, ki o koutou maunga, ki o koutou awa hoki.

Te Atawhai o Te Ao: an Independent Māori Research Institute for Environment and Health.

Te Atawhai o Te Ao is a kaupapa Māori research institute based in Whanganui. We work alongside whānau and Māori communities to undertake research that will benefit Māori.

Our Team

  • Dr. Cherryl Smith - Director

    What I love most about this organisation is that the wellbeing of our people is at the heart of every person who works here, we want to see things improve for our people.

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  • Helena Rattray - Researcher/ICT Specialist

    I enjoy the structured mash-up of people and theories that aim to improve the health and wellbeing disparities of Māori people.

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  • Susie Wakefield - Registered Nurse Researcher

    I feel very privileged and honoured to be working for Te Atawhai o Te Ao to support this kaupapa.

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  • Miriama Cribb - Business Manager

    What I most enjoy about my job is that I am able to apply my skills whilst still being able to work for an independent, Kaupapa Māori organisation

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  • Daezha Rerekura - Administrator

    What I like about my job is that I’m able to further my skills while working.

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  • Dr. Cherryl Smith - Director
  • Helena Rattray - Researcher/ICT Specialist
  • Susie Wakefield  - Registered Nurse Researcher
  • Miriama Cribb - Business Manager
  • Daezha Rerekura - Administrator