Indigenous Experts arrive in Auckland

The day has finally arrived! Tomorrow Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence, will open its 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference in Auckland at the Business School and Waipapa Marae. The powhiri will begin at 12.30pm at the Waiapa Marae gateway. 

With ten world renowned keynote speakers, as well as more than 150 other presenters from throughout New Zealand and around the world, the conference will address themes which are central to the realisation of indigenous development. These national and international experts will share their knowledge, experiences and insights into how indigenous communities can and do optimise their economic wellbeing, enhance their distinctiveness and ensure that their families are healthy and thriving.

Conference attendees from more than 100 different tribal nations once again bring their collective voice to NPM's biennial conference and demonstrate the ever increasing focus of indigenous peoples on educational and economic security, as well as on the survival and growth of their languages and customs, and the application of their unique traditional knowledge systems into a modern day framework.

Over the four days of the multidisciplinary conference, leading edge international research projects will be presented by experts from across the sciences, economic development, language, education and health sectors.

On Tuesday 25th November Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga will hold a special event to celebrate 10 years of indigenous scholarship and the publishing of the international journal AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. The next evening, Wednesday 26th November, NPM will showcase some of its latest research projects and most recent work with an event at Waipapa Marae.

We are looking forward to seeing you all here over the coming four days.