MAI Doctoral Conference 2016

The annual Māori and Indigenous Doctoral Students' Conference (MAI Conference) was hosted by MAI ki Pōneke in 2016 and was held at Te Herenga Waka Marae and Victoria University of Wellington from Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th November.

Over the years, many Māori doctoral students have acknowledged the contribution that MAI Te Kupenga, as a flagship Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) initiative, has made to their achievements. MAI Te Kupenga is dedicated to fostering bonds between Māori and Indigenous scholars across a wide range of disciplines and sectors, as well as across nations and oceans.

It is fitting, therefore, that the theme for the 2016 conference was:

"He hono tāngata e kore e motu, kāpā he taura waka e motu: Bonds between people cannot be broken, unlike the severable canoe rope".

This theme reflects the important connections that the MAI doctoral students make along their journey. We encourage presenters to share how their research can act as a conduit for connectivity between people: kia kaha ai ngā hononga i waenganui i a tātou te tangata.

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