We have experience in working with Māori communities and organisations, whānau, hapū, iwi, government agencies, NGOs and the private and not-for-profit sectors. We also have te reo Māori capability.
Tīaho Ltd has a Kahui Rōpū or steering group to support and guide our work. Current members are Lee Cooper (Ngā Puhi), Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou) and Ani Mikaere (Ngāti Raukawa).
The co-directors of Tīaho Ltd are Dr Jessica Hutchings, Ms Shirley Simmonds and Dr Helen Potter.
Jessica is a leader in kaupapa Māori research, development and management and has been working at the crossroads of Indigenous knowledge, education and whānau and environmental wellbeing for two decades. She has published and presented extensively in these fields and two of her recent publications have been winners at the Kōrero Pono, Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Book Awards. An executive member of Te Waka Kai Ora for many years, Jessica helped lead a project to develop a tikanga-based Māori food standard, Hua Parakore, and is herself a verified Hua Parakore food producer, growing kai for whānau on her small farm north of Wellington. She was a lecturer in environmental studies at Victoria University of Wellington and tūmuaki of Te Wāhanga, the kaupapa Māori research unit at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. In the latter role, she co-organised a series of annual symposia entitled Kei Tua o Te Pae, to contribute to the decolonisation of research, tikanga, and mātauranga Māori. Jessica was the inaugural fellow at Te Mata o Te Tau, hosted by Massey University and was also a Health Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, also hosted by Massey University, researching Māori responses to genetic technologies. Jessica currently holds leadership roles across a range of projects, including as Director Māori on the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities, National Science Challenge and is Chair of Rauika Māngai, the Cross-National Science Challenge Māori Directors group. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.
Shirley is an experienced adult educator and kaupapa Māori health researcher, particularly in quantitative research. Her work in the field of Māori health has included the BreastScreen Aotearoa Māori monitoring programme, the Māori rural health report and the 2015 Māori Health Profiles for District Health Boards. She has also worked in the areas of Māori health workforce priorities and Māori health ethics, and has contributed to the development of kaupapa Māori epidemiology. Shirley has held hauora Māori teaching roles at the Wellington School of Medicine in both postgraduate and undergraduate courses, and regularly presents on kaupapa Māori quantitative research methodologies. She is interested in making Māori health data accessible and useful so it can help support growing a healthy Māori population, in promoting te reo Māori in health and in contributing to a health system and research environment that meets the needs of whānau Māori. Shirley is a member of Capital and Coast DHB’s Māori Research Advisory Group and a board member of KiaOra Hauora in the central region. She is an advisor for Para Kore, a national organisation with a focus on working towards zero waste, writes a blog entitled ‘free range Māori’ and was a 2016 participant in the Māori Literature Trust’s Te Papa Tupu Writing Incubator – with a number of her short stories published as a result. Shirley has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Otago.
Helen has been involved in kaupapa Māori research for 20 years – predominantly in the fields of Māori education, adult learning, whānau wellbeing, and more recently, in Māori health, housing and environmental wellbeing. She has also had extensive experience in kaupapa Māori policy development across a wide range of fields. Helen is currently secretary of Waikato Ki Roto o Pōneke, the Wellington-based Tainui taurahere rōpū and an advisory board member of the journal Counterfutures: Left Thought and Practice Aotearoa. She is also a member of the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation’s College of Assessors and of the Kainga Tahi, Kainga Rua advisory group within the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge. Helen has worked as a research manager and senior advisor for first the Māori Party and then the Mana Movement in Parliament, developing extensive networks throughout the country to bring Māori perspectives into the debating chamber of Parliament and its law-making processes. She has also worked as a senior researcher in Te Wāhanga, the kaupapa Māori research unit at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, and is a Crown Forestry Rental Trust approved researcher. Helen is currently project manager of a three-year Marsden funded study on whāngai and the adoption of Māori, hosted by Te Wānanga o Raukawa. She has a Bachelor of Science and Technology from the University of Waikato, and an Honours degree and PhD in Sociology from Massey University.
Māori engagement in the development of the New Zealand Research Information System (NRIS).
Client report: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/assets/3109d33a46/maori-engagement-on-data-conceptual-model.pdf
Synthesis of online submissions, emails, oral contributions in hui and written submissions from Māori to support the work of the Government’s Inquiry Panel.
Client report: https://mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz/whats-new/resources/summary-of-submissions-featuring-a-mori-voice-oranga-tangata-oranga-whanau/
Advice on the development of a tribal survey.