A Transformative Model and Programme for Indigenous Advancement through Higher Education, Research and Capability Building

By Les R. Tumoana Williams.

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In 2002, the New Zealand Government established several Centres of Research Excellence. One of these is The National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement. The programme run by the Institute is called “Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga” (Horizons of Insight) focuses on building research capability and capacity of Indigenous people through the educational and social dimensions.

The major objectives include intervention through Doctoral-level training, increasing the number of highly-trained people and fostering the development of transformative leadership. The methodology is based on a national network of tertiary institutions and other agencies. This network is characterised by local, national and international interactions that are convergent yet sensitive to the specificities of each environment.

This paper describes the conceptual basis of the capability building model in terms of its vision of cultural transformation. It also describes the capability building programme components which include: a networked curriculum, a system of grants and fellowships and an institutional mentoring component. The transformative potential of a number of other initiatives will also be outlined. It is expected that implications for other Indigenous settings will be readily recognised.

Keywords: Māori Advancement, Indigenous Advancement, Doctoral Support, Capability Building, Capacity Building

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.17-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 863.976KB).

Prof. Les R. Tumoana Williams

Capability Building Director, The National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement, University of Auckland, New Zealand., University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Professor Williams is of Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Maru descent. Following a PhD in educational psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. He became the first Māori to hold a full-time lectureship at the University of Otago. He was subsequently awarded a personal professorship and was Dean of the School of Physical Education for 10 years. In 2001 he became Professor Emeritus. As a teacher and researcher, Professor Williams focussed on the fields of movement learning and control from kinesiological, cross-cultural and pedagogical perspectives and has published over 160 articles and book chapters. He has held a number of international fellowships including Fulbright, Landsdowne and Commonwealth awards and has attained a high international profile through lecture tours, conference presentations, research and teaching activities in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A. In his present position, Professor Williams focuses on initiatives and programmes that support the development and achievement of Māori and Indigenous scholars.

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