Auaha Māori

Māori Innovation

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your basket and my basket, the people will thrive

UniServices and Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland see increasing engagement with Māori and the Māori economy as a responsibility and priority. We are working to deepen relationships to better understand and deliver on the impacts Māori are seeking.

The University hosts Māori research centres including the James Henare Māori Research Centre, MĀPIHI: Māori and Pacific Housing Research Centre, Tōmaiora - Māori Health Research Group, the Dame Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

UniServices aims to work with Māori in innovative ways. For example, University researchers wanted to ensure a start-up based on Māori land and resources in Ruatoria would create employment, knowledge and opportunities and maintain ahi kā oversight over the brand story. UniServices worked with stakeholders to create a unique structure to meet these goals.

Auaha Māori | Māori Innovation Contacts

Tui Kaumoana


More about Tui

Tui (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) has been with UniServices since 2020 and leads Māori kaupapa across the organisation. She is tūturu Waikato and has been a director and operations manager. Tui holds an MBA from the University of Auckland. Contact about: Kaupapa Māori, Māori-related operational matters, Māori events, Māori internships, iwi relationships.

Dion Peita

Manutaki Whanaketanga Umanga Māori | Māori Business Development Director

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Dion (Te Rārawa, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Ngāti Tīpa) joined UniServices in September 2022. A former executive in the heritage industry, he has expertise in complex engagement with Māori. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Māori Development. Contact about: Vision Mātauranga; Te Tiriti relationships; Māori health, education, economy and innovation.

Tama Davis

Executive Director Māori

More about Tama

Tama (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Tuwharetoa) supports UniServices in mātauranga Māori. Tama holds an MBA and has more than 25 years’ experience in public health, mental wellbeing and governance. Contact Tama about Kaupapa Māori related to UniServices-managed services and projects.

Bernie O’Donnell

Poutaki Mātauranga Māori

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Bernie (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngā Ruahinerangi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāi Tahu) and Tama Davis share a role as experts in mātauranga Māori. Bernie holds an MBA and has a background in Māori media, hauora Māori, urban Māori advocacy and governance. Contact about: Kaupapa Māori related to UniServices-managed services and projects.

Tori McNoe

Poutaki Hononga | Investment Development Lead

More about Tori

Tori (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tahu/Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Raukawa) is a young Māori leader whose role at UniServices focuses on Indigenising investment programmes. She is also chair of the Canterbury Momentum Investment Committee. Contact about: Māori investment; rangatahi leadership.

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Sarah-Jane Paine

Research Director

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Marisa Pene

Programme Manager – Te Whānau Maioha


Stacey Porter

Senior Māori Advisor