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 has been working at the crossroads of Indigenous knowledge, education, and whānau and environmental wellbeing for the last two decades and has published and presented extensively in these fields. An executive member of Te Waka Kai Ora (National Māori Organics Organisation) 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. Up until recently, Jessica 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. An experienced kaupapa Māori researcher, Jessica has also worked as an investment manager Māori for the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, was the inaugural fellow at Te Mata o Te Tau, hosted by Massey University, and held a Health Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, also hosted by Massey University, researching Māori responses to genetic technologies. 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 BreastScreen Aotearoa Māori monitoring, the Māori rural health reports, and the recent 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 teaching roles at the Wellington School of Medicine in both postgraduate and undergraduate courses in hauora Māori, 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 interactions, and in contributing to a health system and research environment that meets the needs of whānau Māori. Shirley is involved the taiao programme at the kura attended by her sons Tamihana and Raukawa, writes a blog entitled ‘free range Māori’, and is a 2016 participant of the Māori Literature Trust’s Te Papa Tupu Writing Incubator. She 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 over 15 years – predominantly in the fields of Māori education, adult learning, whānau wellbeing, and more recently, in Māori health and environmental wellbeing. She has also had extensive experience in kaupapa Māori policy development across a wide range of fields. Helen is a tangata whenua representative on the kaitiaki governance board of Community Research, and is secretary of Waikato Ki Roto o Pōneke, the Wellington-based Tainui taurahere rōpū. She is also a trustee of Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, and an advisory board member of the journal Counterfutures: Left Thought and Practice Aotearoa. 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 has a Bachelor of Science and Technology from the University of Waikato, and an Honours degree and PhD in Sociology from Massey University.