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Te Mata o Te Tau


Te Mata o Te Tau the Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship,  is an interdisciplinary and intersectoral and unites Māori scholars from several disciplines, departments, and centres of research - strengthening links with other academic and research bodies at Massey University, with wider Māori research interests, and with indigenous communities. 

Please contact Dr. Monica Koia of Ruawaipu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Pūkenga Matua – Senior Māori Research Officer, Te Mata o te Tau, Office of the DVC Māori, Geography Building Room 1.08 via Room 1.11 Manawatū Campus.


Phone            0800 627 739 extension 85093

Mobile            +64 21 975 787

We welcome feedback on what information would be useful to you.  Please send your feedback or for more information please contact Dr Monica Koia.


Te Mata o Te Tau, has been established to provide a forum for fostering Māori academic advancement and creating new knowledge in the nexus between indigenous knowledge and the sciences. It has strong links with other academic and research bodies in Massey, in New Zealand, and internationally.


The broad aims of the Academy are:

  • The advancement of Māori scholarship

  • The provision of a forum for Māori scholars to collaborate across academic disciplines and subject areas

  • The promotion of high quality research that will contribute to new knowledge and positive Māori development

  • The provision of leadership for Māori academics at Massey University.


To coincide with the appearance of the constellation of stars known as Matariki, the Academy was launched on the Palmerston North campus on 11 June 2003, on the Wellington campus on 5 August 2003, and Albany on 23 June 2004. The official name of the Academy, Te Mata o te Tau, relates to Matariki, the promise of a fruitful year, and is a symbol of the advancement of knowledge. A reference is contained in Professor Taiarahia Black’s doctoral thesis:

Matariki atua, ka eke mai i te rangi e roa, e whangai iho ki te mata o te tau, e roa e, hei tuku i ngā wānanga i ngā kai ki te ao mārama.

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Student support

He tautoko ā-ako ina whai tohu paerua ana, tohu kairangi rānei - Support available for postgraduate or doctoral study

PG Maori students

Ka tauawhitia ngā tauira Māori e whai ana i ngā tohu paerunga me ngā tohu kairangi.
Massey University offers postgraduate and doctoral study support for Māori students.


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