11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Student Commons 1300
Presented by Maori Fulbright Visiting Scholar: Dr. Rangimarie Mahuika, University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand, (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Rarawa) has an interdisciplinary background in Education and Law and has both published on and taught about Kaupapa Māori research theory and methods. Her doctoral thesis considers the evolution of governance within Ngati Rangiwewehi and asserts that in order for tribal governance beyond the post-treaty settlement era to realize tribal aspirations it must be grounded in traditional frameworks, principles, and understandings of governance. After providing an overview of the colonial context in New Zealand, this presentation will focus on the specific perspectives of the tribal nation of Ngāti Rangiwewehi, from the central North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, to explore Rangiwewehitanga as an Indigenous decolonial governance paradigm. Rangiwewehitanga provides the potential to reconnect our people to our tribal identity and ensure that our tribal affairs are governed in accordance with the instructions and guidance that were both used and passed on to us from our ancestors. This talk will discuss the potential benefits of such initiatives, not only for Ngāti Rangiwewehi, but also for other indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Sponsored by the Fourth World Center and the Department of Political Science.