Our faces in our places: Recognising the diverse needs of urban Māori

In this seminar researchers talked about their work investigating the drivers of Māori involvement in urban development. This research is part of the Tāone Tupu Ora strand of the Resilient Urban Futures programme (a research project funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). The research started with the hypothesis that increasing authentic Māori participation in creating urban futures would significantly contribute to making New Zealand cities more resilient, liveable and competitive. The speakers discussed the experiences of Māori urban development and aspirations for living in urban environments, how Māori interests are represented in urban governance and what the challenges and opportunities are for their participation in urban development.

Anaru Waa - Who are urban Māori

Keriata Stuart - Iwi kainga participation in urban development

Biddy Livesey - Urban Māori Urban Planning

Jonathan Kilgour - Complexity and Māori Urban Development

Anaru Waa - Understanding urban Māori wellbeing


  • Keriata Stuart (Te Atiawa, Taranaki) is an independent Māori qualitative researcher with a wide range of experience and interests focused around Māori wellbeing and the settings – places, communities, political and organisational structures – that affect that wellbeing. She has worked as a researcher and policy advisor for government, research institutes and non-government organisations.
  • Anaru Waa (Ngāti Hine) is a social scientist with 20 years research experience in the public, private and academic sectors. He is based at the Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre, University of Otago, Wellington where his research interests include public health, Māori health, tobacco control, intervention evaluation and design, and urban wellbeing and resilience.
  • Biddy Livesey (Pākehā) is a PhD candidate at Massey University, Auckland. Her current research investigates the urban development of land acquired as commercial redress through settlements under the Treaty of Waitangi. She has worked in the area of urban development as a policy planner at Auckland Council and policy analyst at the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. She has an MSc in Urban Management and Development, a BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity, and a BA in Te Reo Māori.
  • Jonathan Kilgour (Rereahu, Ngā Rauru and Ngāi Tahu) is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and holds an MBA(Dist), LLM(Hons) and BSocSc from the University of Waikato. Jonathan’s career has included Research Manager for Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Policy Manager for Te Puni Kōkiri and Managing Director for Pare Consulting Ltd. Jonathan is a Global Ambassador to the International Association of MBAs in London and has governance roles in several Māori organisations.

For further information please contact Jasmine at jasmine.xu@otago.ac.nz

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