Paul is of Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri descent with links to Ngātiuru ki Whangaroa and Ngātkurī in the Far North. Following a background in sport, physical education, teaching and learning, and health he completed a doctorate in education at the University of Auckland in 2008 exploring the perceptions of kapa haka in mainstream secondary schools and its influence on Māori students’ understandings about learning in these contexts. Before arriving at Canterbury, Paul lectured in community health, fitness, physical activity, lifestyle and physical education at the University of Waikato (2007-2011) and taught for 11 years prior. Presently, his teaching focuses on Māori and Indigenous health, development and methodologies at undergraduate and post-graduate level. His current research interests include four key areas, broadly linked by relationships between Māori and Indigenous health, well-being, knowledge and education. This features:
- Healthy Communities and Healthy Lifestyles – This research area is interested in ‘how we know as a people we are well’ and the relationship between what constitutes healthy communities and living healthy lifestyles specific to Māori and Indigenous peoples.
- Whānau Resiliency – This research area is interested in how resilient whānau are in the event of a natural disaster and investigates peoples' perceptions around issues of vulnerability, risk, wellbeing and capacity building.
- Indigenous knowledge – This research focuses on ‘how we know what we know’ and in particular, developing indigenous auto-ethnography as a qualitative method of (re)claiming a sense of identity, place, ethic of care, health, healing, wellbeing, culture and indigeneity.
- Māori education – This research area is interested in the link between culturally responsive learning environments (alternatives), healthy schools and improving educational outcomes for Māori in all areas of society.
Ngāpuhi (Ngātiuru ki Whangaroa moana) me Te Aupōuri (Ngātikurī ki Ngataki/Te Kao)
MLS(Hons) (Waikato), BEd(Waikato), BLS(Waikato), Dip. Tchg(Waikato), EdD(Auckland)
161 Hikuraki (Te Ao Mārama)
Phone: +64-03-364-2987 Ext. 7495
Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies,
Te Whare Wānanga O Waitaha,
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800,
- MAOR 212 Māori and Indigenous Development
- MAOR 270 Te Ao Hauora: Māori Health Perspectives
- MAOR 370 Te Whaiora: Māori Health Promotion, Policy and Practice
- MAOR 404 Rangahau Taketake - Research Methodologies: Indigenizing the Disciplines
Kaupapa Rangahau/Research Interests
- Whānau and community health and schooling
- Māori and Indigenous health, education, place and ethics
- Māori and Indigenous health histories and futures
- Māori and Indigenous health policy systems and services development
- Māori health and social development
- Narrative, auto-ethnography, re-storying
- Māori and Indigenous methodologies
Please see Paul's UC Research Profile for a full list of publications.