Calling for members for our new Māori research & ethics council.

Several years ago, Kāhui member Jim Tahae Doherty, expressed his concern that he and his community had been duped by a Crown-led research entity that had presented to them, and sought support for, a fantastic research programme. He noted that after successfully securing the funding, the research the entity carried out was completely different to what he and the community thought they had agreed to. 

As a result Matua Jim and our Kāhui challenged us at TTW to think about how we could better support our communities to get ahead of the demands that come from researchers and their institutes, especially at bidding time. Simultaneously, we had been thinking of ways to ensure the research TTW undertook and/or supported, aligned with our values, was of a ‘high standard’, and adhered to best practice (kaupapa Māori) ethical standards.

As a result we’ve established and launched Tikanga-a-Rangahau, our Māori Research and Ethics Council, to support excellence in Māori research, in particular in TTW, but also in our communities.

Tikanga-a-Rangahau members will work to:

  1. ensure research conducted and supported by Te Tira Whakamātaki is ethically sound and meeting our standards of ‘excellence’,
  2. ensure our communities have access to resources and advice that helps them decide what research to support, participate in and/or undertake, and
  3. provide commentary on the state of the Māori RSI sector. 

Tikanga-a-Rangahau is intended to be an independent voice in the research system, designed to put our communities and our experts voices and expectations at the heart of the research system. These positions are paid by TTW, and we anticipate there will be between six and ten meetings per annum. 

 Dr Simon Lambert and Mel Mark-Shadbolt

CALL for Expressions of Interest to join Tikanga-a-Rangahau, TTW’s Māori Research & Ethics Council

Expressions of Interest are now open for interested members of New Zealand’s Māori academic and research communities to nominate themselves to join Tikanga-a-Rangahau from January 2023.

 Tikanga-a-Rangahau is a panel of experts who offer oversight and expert advice to enable TTW to achieve its goal of conducting and supporting high quality research.

 Tikanga-a-Rangahau was established to:

  1. support the research of Te Tira Whakamātaki,
  2. develop resources that support Māori communities with their research and or their engagement with research agencies,
  3. provide commentary on the state of the Māori research, science and investment sector, and
  4. support partners to work with Māori in meaningful and appropriate ways.  

Tikanga-a-Rangahau operates under the auspices of Te Tira Whakamātaki (a Māori environmental not for profit and research entity). A major output of Tikanga-a-Rangahau is an annual report or update on the state of the Māori research, science, and investment sector.

Membership: Tikanga-a-Rangahau includes Māori academics, tohunga, early career researchers and international-based indigenous researchers, working together to support Te Tira Whakamātaki and Māori communities involved in research.

Tikanga-a-Rangahau has a minimum of eight (8) and maximum of fifteen (15) members. Tikanga-a-Rangahau members must be aged 18 or over and with the exception of the two international representatives, they must live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Meetings: There are six (6) to ten (10) meetings each year which take place largely online, however some will be kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face-to-face).

One Tikanga-a-Rangahau meeting per annum will be focused on examining Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment and climate research sector, and developing the Tikanga-a-Rangahau research report which is shared and promoted publicly once completed.

Remuneration: Membership of Tikanga-a-Rangahau is paid at a set rate (see the Terms of Reference).

Confidentiality: Tikanga-a-Rangahau discussions and documents are considered confidential in nature unless the participating entities and/or funders choose to share them. This means that they cannot be shared or discussed with others within a member’s organisation or networks.

Expression of Interest process

Expressions of Interest are welcomed from across the Māori environmental and research communities.

Expressions of Interest must be accompanied by a form which will ask for your contact details, why you are interested in being part of Tikanga-a-Rangahau, and what skills and experience you have to offer.

The form can be found here or obtained by emailing admin@ttw.nz.  We also welcome a video, audio recording or a ‘brief summary’, as long as it addresses the questions asked in the form (and above). We invite you to submit your application in the format that is best for you by the closing date.

Expressions of Interest will open on Friday 2 December, 2022 and close at 11:59pm on Monday January 23, 2023.

Please ensure you have read the Terms of Reference prior to completing the Expression of Interest form here. If you have any questions or are having difficulty accessing or completing the form, please email the Tikanga-a-Rangahau secretariat at admin@ttw.nz.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted and that sending an email introducing yourself will not be counted as an Expression of Interest.

The decision about who will become members of Tikanga-a-Rangahau will be considered by a panel selected and chaired by TTW’s Chief Scientist, and ratified by the Kāhui and Board of Te Tira Whakamātaki.

 We will let you know if you will be invited, or not, to be part of Tikanga-a-Rangahau via email by 5pm on Friday February 10, 2023.

 As a reminder, more detail about what the role involves can be found in the Terms of Reference. 

Nominations from organisations / Letters of support

You do not need to have a letter of support to be considered for Tikanga-a-Rangahau. However, letters of support are strongly encouraged where a nominee is indicating that they would represent the views of an organisation, community, department or agency etc. Having an organisation supporting your Expression of Interest does not guarantee that your nomination will be successful.

Tikanga-a-Rangahau does not accept nominations from organisations directly. However, an organisation may submit a letter in support of an individual’s nomination, but they must have a clear connection, not necessarily an employment one, to that person.

Letters of support should be emailed to admin@ttw.nz or attached to the Expression of interest form here. Letters must be received by the EOI closing date to be considered.

A letter of support will not be counted as an application in and of itself, each nominating individual will still need to complete the EOI form/process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tikanga-a-Rangahau holds its meetings both online and in person. A combination of online tools will assist members to engage more effectively. Online meetings will usually take between 90 and 120 minutes depending on how many matters are on the agenda. The agenda and papers will be sent out a week before the meeting.

Yes, Tikanga-a-Rangahau members will be paid.

Full meetings of Tikanga-a-Rangahau will take place at least 6 times each year and up to a maximum of 10 times as the work programme grows. In addition to full meetings, members may also be invited to additional meetings relevant to any project work being undertaken on behalf of Tikanga-a-Rangahau. Matters may also be considered out of session via electronic means (e.g., email or an online poll).

Up to ten (10) members will be appointed in this round, and their term will last until December 2024. Not all of the available positions will necessarily be filled by candidates who apply. Te Tira Whakamātaki reserves the right to appoint members in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

Members appointed this round will be appointed from January 2023 through to December 2024.

Under the Tikanga-a-Rangahau Terms of Reference, the direct appointment of representatives from certain key groups is possible only via Te Tira Whakamātaki. Other direct appointments will need to be negotiated directly with Te Tira Whakamātaki and/or Tikanga-a-Rangahau.

Currently Te Tira Whakamātaki is funding this outright, though sponsorship, donations, and external funding that may be sought. Te Tira Whakamātaki is committed to maintaining the groups independence as much as possible.