Professor Merata Kawharu is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Māori at Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki Lincoln University - Fisher Leadership

Professor Merata Kawharu is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Māori at Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki Lincoln University

Professor Merata Kawharu MNZM has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Māori at Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki Lincoln University.  This important role leads the implementation and advancement of the University’s Māori plan and engagement with mana whenua, working across the University to enable opportunities for the Plan to live and breathe in the workplace.

A Rhodes Scholar with overarching research interests in supporting Māori leadership, community, cultural development and education, Merata is currently a Research Professor at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago and a Principal of Takarangi Research Ltd.  Merata has also consulted with UNESCO and the United Nations, and has served on a number of local committees, providing guidance in the area of Māori community development for Māori communities, and for central government and private sector organisations.  Her current work involves supporting marae-based growers to develop food systems (‘Pa to Plate’) in Taitokerau, connecting kai, kainga and kōrero with descendants wherever they live.  She is also leading a multi-community climate change programme which is developing climate resilience plans.

Previously Director (Research) of the James Henare Māori Research Centre at the University of Auckland, Merata established a successful research grant programme for Taitokerau marae, hapu and iwi to build capacity in response to their community initiatives.


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