Wharekawa Marae Vision Mātauranga Iwi Research Training Programme 2022-24

Wharekawa Marae

Vision Mātauranga Iwi Research Training Programme 2022-24

In 2022-23 and again in 2023-24, Wharekawa Marae will deliver a 1-year research training programme tailored specifically for Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga people. This programme is available at no cost to iwi members and is for those who are genuinely interested in research and how it can benefit our people.

Programme Content

The research training programme addresses the following questions:

  • What is research and why is it important?
  • How can research assist iwi/hapū/whānau/marae communities? Who benefits and how?
  • What kinds of research might an iwi, hapū, whānau or marae undertake?
  • How might iwi/hapū/whānau/marae conduct research of importance to them?

In this programme you will learn about:

  • How to conduct good research – including posing good research questions, identifying good ways of finding answers to your questions and how to craft excellent answers to your research questions
  • Mātauranga Māori and science and their approaches to research and knowledge creation. You will learn about the similarities and differences between these two knowledge traditions
  • Supporting matters such as ethics, intellectual and cultural property, knowledge sharing and how good research leads to good decisions and quality actions

Student/Participant Research Projects

Participants in the programme will undertake practical student research projects in one of the following topics:

  • Whakapapa/Mātauranga Māori: Research concerning the whakapapa, history and traditions of an iwi, hapū, whānau and/or marae community
  • Taiao: Research concerning the environmental area of the traditional concern of iwi, hapū, whānau and/or marae community
  • Tangata: Research concerning the relationships, unity and social cohesion within iwi, hapū, whānau or marae community (the contemporary state of the community)
  • Te Whaihua: Research concerning economic and creative development opportunities that might exist within an iwi, hapū, whānau and/or marae community


This iwi research training programme was designed by Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal of Ngāti Whanaunga (Te Whānau-a-Haunui, Waimangō Point) and Ngāti Tamaterā. He will also lead the delivery of the programme and will be supported by the EcoQuest Education Foundation of Whakatīwai.

The programme requires in-person attendance one day per month at a hui to be held at EcoQuest. The programme will also be delivered via web tutorials (1.5 hours) conducted twice per month. (For those iwi members that can not attend the hui wānanga in Whakatīwai because they live elsewhere in the country, Zoom facilities will be put in place.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for members of Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga who are interested in research. We are particularly interested in identifying our iwi members who may wish to go onto further research training and support iwi research in the future.

How can this programme help me?

You will receive an excellent introduction to research, particularly in an iwi context, which will enable you to go on to more advanced training in research and become a researcher yourself for your iwi/hapū/whānau/marae community.

The programme is designed to assist those iwi members with a particular interest in the following:

  • how to gather whakapapa knowledge and mātauranga Māori in a considered and disciplined fashion
  • how to conduct research concerning the environment – things such as water quality or studying particularly species of animal or plant or whole ecosystems
  • how to study the contemporary circumstances of your people – where do they live? What levels of education do they enjoy? Where are they employed? How often do they interact with their marae and their iwi? What kinds of interactions are these?
  • how to explore potential business possibilities iwi/hapū/whānau/marae communities using their particularly assets, resources and knowledge

There are some people working in our iwi communities with particular responsibilities where undertaking this training would them. They include:

  • People working in an iwi authority and are being asked to prepare cultural impact statements under the Resource Management Act 1991?
  • Those working in the iwi on various education initiatives such as kōhanga reo and kura

Is the programme accredited in any way?


How long is the programme and what time commitments does it require?

This is a 1 year programme delivered across ten months. The time commitments are 1 day per month for 10 months, and 2 x 1.5 hour web tutorials per month.

Where will the classes be run?

The monthly 1 day hui will be run at the EcoQuest Campus in Whakatīwai. Other venues may be utilised as well. Tutorials will be run online (via Zoom).

How much does it cost?

The programme is free to iwi members.

Who is delivering/facilitating this programme and who are these people?

Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal

BMus(Hons), MPhil, PhD

Belongs to Ngāti Whanaunga of Wharekawa (and Ngāti Tamaterā of central Hauraki)

Charles is an independent researcher, composer and advisor. Previously he was Professor of Indigenous Development, University of Auckland, and Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a centre of research excellence dedicated to iwi/Māori development. You can read more about Charles here:


Charles’s most recent research project (2020-21) in an iwi community was called ‘Te Kawa Waiora: A Tangata Whenua inspired research project concerning the health, wellbeing and mauri of the Wairoa River.’ You can read more here:


EcoQuest Education Foundation EcoQuest is based in Whakatiwai and has delivered education and research training for more than 20 years, supported by Ngāti Paoa and Ngâti Whanaunga.

Programs have a focus on ecology, restoration, and environmental policy, and more recently sustainable food systems. Our research includes projects in the Hūnua Ranges and Wharekawa.

Find out about EcoQuest and examples of research here:



The EcoQuest team of teachers and researchers brings many years of experience in place-based, hands-on learning

Meet our people here:


Contact and Further Information

Eddie Manukau

Wharekawa Marae

Email: kwwharekawamarae@gmail.com