Te Kura i Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre

Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT aims to drive community projects

Te Kura i Awarua, a new EIT Rangahau Māori Centre was opened at the EIT Hawke’s Bay Campus last year.

Te Kura i Awarua, which means ‘the precious objects (from Awarua)’ is located on EIT’s Hawke’s Bay Campus in Taradale. The new centre has number of important research projects in health, food security, archiving and working with the rich history of hapū and iwi in the region and environmental challenges

EIT researcher relishes working on worthwhile project in home region

Dr Rachael Glassey is a Senior Research Fellow in the newly created Te Kura I Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT.

Dr Rachael Glassey (Te Atihaunui-a-Papārangi) spent 10 years studying and researching in Australia, but it has been a privilege for her to return to Hawke’s Bay to work on an important study focused on children’s wellbeing.

Rachael, 33, joined EIT last year to work on a community research project, Nourishing Hawke’s Bay: He wairua tō te kai. She has since been appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the newly created Te Kura I Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT. 

Prominent research Professor joins EIT research unit after significant grant

Professor Boyd Swinburn, a nutrition and global health expert, has joined Te Kura i Awarua, the EIT Rangahau Māori Centre, to continue significant research into food security for children in Hawke’s Bay.

Professor Swinburn’s appointment and the continuation of the project are thanks to a significant two-year research grant from A Better Start E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge. It is the largest research grant the Polytech sector has ever been awarded.


EIT Policy Think Tank discusses importance of moving from food security to food sovereignty

EIT Māori and Indigenous Research Professor David Tipene-Leach (left) with Senior Researcher Rachael Glassey (middle), Research Professor Boyd Swinburn and Synergia Founding Partner Dr David Rees (back left).

A Think Tank, called Food Security to Food Sovereignty, was organised by Te Kura i Awarua (Rangahau Māori Centre) and EIT Research and Innovation Centre in November 2022. The Think Tank focused on why the fruit bowl of the country has masses of hungry kids and how to resolve these issues.

Inspirational Te Ara Takapau photobook charts remarkable hapū māmā journey

Hine Kerrich (right) at the launch of Te Ara Takapau at Camberley School recently. In the background is a photo of Hine with baby Ariki.

Te Ara Takapau, an inspirational photobook documenting the experience of hapū māmā at the Flaxmere Te Whare Pora, was launched at a Camberley School function recently.

The Te Whare Pora is a weaving centre where expectant mothers and their families learn how to weave wahakura (woven flax bassinet for infants) and in the process get support during their pregnancy. Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga started this initiative in Flaxmere three years ago.


Homecoming for EIT’s new Rangahau Māori Professor

EIT’s new Professor Rangahau Māori, Dr Annemarie Gillies, has returned to the institution from where she sourced her introduction to academia many years ago at the Hawke’s Bay Community College.

Annemarie (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngäti Awa, Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Te Arawa) is now a long established business and management academic with a previous senior appointment at Massey University and a Professorial appointment at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.


Developing the potential of Rangahau Māori

EIT Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research David Tipene-Leach (centre) with Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (left) from the University of Waikato and Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (right) from Unitec, who were the guest speakers at EIT’s Rangahau Māori research forum last week.

Developing the potential of Rangahau Māori (Māori research) and moving it away from the constraints of western research methodology was the focus of a research forum at EIT’s Taradale campus in May 2021.


Research and statistics a key focus for Assistant Research Fellow

Kirsten Harrild is an Assistant Research Fellow in the newly created Te Kura i Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT | Te Pūkenga.

In this new feature we interview staff members who are active researchers. In the spotlight Kirsten Harrild, an Assistant Research Fellow in the newly created Te Kura i Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT.

Our Team

Te Kura i Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre

Principal Investigator
Professor David Tipene-Leach
​Email: dtipene-leach@eit.ac.nz​

Principal Investigator
Professor Boyd Swinburn
​Email: boyd.swinburn@auckland.ac.nz

Professor of Rangahau Māori
Professor Annemarie Gillies
Email: AGillies@eit.ac.nz

Senior Research Fellow
Rachael Glassey
​Email: rglassey@eit.ac.nz

Research Fellow
Renee Railton
​Email: rrailton@eit.ac.nz

Assistant Research Fellow
Kirsten Harrild
​Email: kharrild@eit.ac.nz

Research Assistant
Raun Makirere Haerewa
​Email: RMakirereHaerewa@eit.ac.nz

Tuakana August
​Email: taugust@eit.ac.nz  

Synergia Contractor
David Rees
​Email: david.rees@synergia.co.nz

UoA Research Fellow
Kelly Garton
​Email: kelly.garton@auckland.ac.nz