Dr Jenny Lee
MAI ki Tāmaki Director
Jenny is currently Head of School of Te Puna Wananga, School of Maori Education at The University of Auckland. Previously a Māori secondary school teacher, Jenny worked in the community, tertiary and business sectors with a focus on teaching and learning, and Kaupapa Māori research.
Her doctoral research focused on purakau of Ako (Maori pedagogies) of Maori secondary school teachers. Jenny's Masters thesis was the basis for her book “Jade Taniwha: Māori-Chinese Identity and Schooling in Aotearoa”, that draws on accounts of four Māori-Chinese, recollecting their experiences of identity at school in New Zealand.
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Dr Mera Penehira
MAI ki Tāmaki Leader
Mera Penehira was born and raised in Te Kuiti and descends from the iwi (tribes) of Ngati Raukawa ki Otaki, Rangitaane and Ngai Te Rangi. In 2010 she was awarded the Health Research Council’s Hohua Tutengaehe Research Fellowship in Māori health, which she is undertaking in Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. Mera has a background in Maori and Special Education and has been researching in Maori health for the past 8 years. Her doctoral thesis centred on traditional knowledge and healing practices, case studying Maori women with hepatitis C.
In particular the research examined the process of moko (traditional Maori skin carving) and notions of mouri as legitimate components of Maori well being. In her postdoctoral research Mera is exploring Maori views on sexual and reproductive health developing a Kaupapa Maori model of resistance and well being in this context.
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