Hirini Tane

I am a PhD student from the Bay of Islands, studying at the University of Otago, Dunedin. My academic background is archaeology, anthropology, Māori studies, with a smattering of entrepreneurship studies. The general theme of my research interests is understanding something of the relationship between people and land (and water). My current PhD research asks, what will my marae-community (papakainga) look like in 100 years? It explores notions of Māori land tenure, governance systems, trusteeship, leadership and cross-generational development. Outside of study, I am a senior researcher for the geo-spatial website www.maorimaps.com, which geographically maps all tribal marae in Aotearoa. I am, and have been, involved with research projects out of the James Henare Maori Research Centre (University of Auckland) such as Te Wehi Nui and Maranga Mai (marae and regional language among Tai Tokerau Māori youth), Tribal Maori Entrepreneurship, and Waka Wairua (ancestral pacific exploration and expansion). I continue to be involved in Waitangi Tribunal research with my hapū.