November 13, 2018
Scholars gather to share indigenous knowledge
Tāmaki Makaurau is the centre of indigenous intellectual activity this week with more than 500 welcomed this morning at the University of Auckland's Waipapa Marae for the Eight Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference.
Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora, the co-director of host Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, says despite being at the bottom of the world, Māori have a lot in common with other indigenous groups, especially those around the Pacific rim.
"We can learn a lot from what they are doing in terms of their research that impacts us in terms of our environment, in terms of colonisation, in terms of what we share in common as indigenous people so the answers to some of our challenges reside in actually talking to each other and sharing experiences," she says.
Professor Nikora says the conference is also a chance to celebrate the contribution to Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga of Sir Tipene O'Regan, who is stepping down as board chair after more than a decade of service.
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