Tino Rakatirataka: thinking, pursuing and achieving sovereignty and self-determination.

Te Kura Matatini ki Otago (Otago Polytechnic) bi-annual Māori Research Symposium provides a valuable opportunity for kairakahau Māori (Māori researchers) and scholars to present research and connect with each other.

The objectives of the OP Māori Symposium are to:

  • Nurture research conducted by kaimahi Māori (Māori staff) and tauira (students) from around Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Provide opportunities to share Māori research fields and expertise.
  • Showcase the depth and breadth of Māori-led and Māori partnered research.
  • Explore the range of research being conducted to empower our communities. 


This is the fourth Māori symposium hosted by Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, following Tā Moko in 2014, Mauri Ora 2018, and Kaitiakitaka 2020.


This year’s Māori Research Symposium will be held on October 17th, exploring the theme of tino rakatirataka. Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts that consider the theme and how it is practiced across a broad range of contexts including but not limited to empowering Māori communities, mātauraka Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


Abstracts should include a title and discuss how the presentation will relate to:

  1. The research aim or question
  2. The research perspective or theory
  3. The research design or method
  4. Findings or results
  5. Implications or scholarly significance


Maximum word length is 250 words. References are not required. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Please also provide a 50-word bio for each presenter and include name, iwi/hapū, place of employment and position.


Deadline for abstracts 

Deadline for abstracts is 1 July 2022.

A decision whether the event will be online or kanohi-ki-kanohi will be made following the close of abstracts. Applicants will be notified.



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Te Kura Matatini ki Otago encourages presenters at the Tino Rakatirataka symposium to consider publishing their work in our Scope: Kaupapa Kāi Tau, 2023 which will focus on the same theme.


This video shows keynote presentations from the 2020 symposium.

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