Professor Roger CA Maaka
Professor of Māori and Indigenous Studies
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Areas of Teaching
Māori Knowledge and Development
PhD (Canterbury), B.A. (Hons), NZIM Supervision Certificate.
My original research contribution to Māori Knowledge & Development has been in two main areas, urbanisation and tribalisation. Urbanisation as a phenomenon has received little serious attention outside of the work Joan Metge in the 1960s. There has been a tendency to treat urbanization as the antithesis of traditional Māori life even though 80% of Māori live in an urban situation. My research has analysed what urbanisation has done to and for Māori and how it has reshaped Māori society. As such, I believe this writing to be unique. In terms of tribalisation, I argue that the whanau, hapū, iwi model first proposed by Raymond Firth as traditional has become reified and it is this structuralist model that forms the basis for contemporary tribal organizations and the quest for groups formerly understood as hapū to seek the status of iwi. I believe that this is also a unique approach to understanding Māori tribalisation. In 2003 I took the position of Head of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. With this relocation my intellectual horizons were considerably broadened and placing my work in another national framework and I began developing theories on Indigeneity and Indigenous, this work continues today.
Back in Aotearoa, I have much intellectual property invested in the Wai 262 (the Indigenous Flora and Fauna and Intellectual Property Claim) Waitangi Tribunal Report which has much to say about Matauranga Maori in a different form. My ideas percolate throughout this significant and influential report which looks 20 years into the future.
Much of the research I have been involved with over the past six years has produced findings that contribute to policy development and to bringing about positive change for indigenous peoples. During this period I have undertaken research as part of collaborative international studies, led research teams in both Canada and New Zealand and provided qualitative research expertise on several global research studies and research panels.
For example see: Maaka, R., & Fleras, A. (2008). Contesting Indigenous Peoples Governance: The Politics of State-Determination vs. Self-Determining Autonomy. In Y. Belanger (Ed.), Aboriginal Self-government in Canada Current Trends and Issues (3rd ed., pp.69-104). Saskatoon, Canada: Purich Publishing.