Ko Wai Matou | About Us

Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Māori and Indigenous Research Centre will provide kaupapa Māori research to support Indigenous innovation and Māori development. The name of this Centre was gifted by Dr Haare Williams, after a wānanga held on December 2018 about the proposed kaupapa of the Centre.

‘Ngā Wai a Te Tūī’ literally means ‘The waters of the Tūī’ and emphasises the importance of water to all living things, and connects us with the cultural waterways which our tupuna have protected for hundreds of years. 

Ngā Wai a Te Tūī team

In the cultural landscape of Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka, the spring Te Wai Unuroa o Wairaka reminds us of our rich storied past and the ways our knowledge systems are embedded in the stories of the land, water and sky. The ‘Tūī’ is the iconic native bird with repertoire of songs, that can be seen and heard in the harakeke of Te Rangimarie, located close to Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae.  

Metaphorically, the name of our Centre also signals the ‘streams’ of expertise, disciplines and knowledge that is brought together to enable the Tūī (our whānau and communities) to flourish.  In this regard, we are a multi-disciplinary kaupapa Māori research group that recognises that real-world research questions are not easily solved by one specific or particular discipline. Rather, a kaupapa Māori transdisciplinary approach requires a number of people from a range of areas to work together in a problem-solving research team.


Whakakitenga | Our Vision

He pukenga wai,

ka puta he tāngata.

He pukenga rākau,

ka puta he kōrero.

Whakatakanga | Mission

To lead innovative kaupapa Māori research that contributes to te puna mātauranga and supports flourishing whānau, hapū, iwi, marae and Māori communities.

Ngā Uara | Our Values

Ngākau Mahaki | Respect

Kia ngākau mahaki tetāhi ki tetāhi

Mahi Kotahitanga | Co-operation

To develop meaningful relationships across the research sector with Māori communities and the organisation.

Rangatiratanga | Authority and Responsibility

To demonstrate kaupapa Māori research leadership.

Whakaritenga | Legitimacy

To exercise te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori in all our activities

Kaitiakitanga | Guardianship

To affirm our connection and responsibility to the wellbeing of all things

Ngā Whainga | Goals


To sustain sources of mātauranga.


To activate Kaupapa Māori research with communities.


To provide rangahau opportunities that enable intergenerational knowledge transmission.

Our Projects


Contact us

Ngā Wai a Te Tūī

Ngā Wai a Te Tūī (Māori and Indigenous Research Centre)

Email ngawaiatetui@unitec.ac.nz
Phone +64 9 815 4321 Extn 7143
Where Gate 1, Building 2
139 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert campus, Auckland 1025
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