Ko Māhuhu Ki Te Rangi te waka, Ko Whiti te tupuna, Ko Kapowai tana maunga, Titiro iho ana ki tana pā tū moana, ko Motukura, Ko Waikare te awa, Ko Turuki te marae, Ko Te Kapotai te hapū. Helen Moewaka Barnes is a Professor and Director of the Whariki Research Group, one of two teams comprising the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, located with Massey University in Auckland.
Kiri West-McGruer coordinates the publication process of MAI Journal at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. She also currently works as a graduate teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland.
Kiri has recently completed her Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Auckland titled 'Ethical constraints in research: A Kaupapa Māori critique' under the supervision of Associate Professor Bruce Curtis.
Ocean Ripeka Mercier (Ngāti Porou) is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui / the School of Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. While her PhD is in physics, her current focus is in exploring and charting the intersections between science and mātauranga Māori, primarily through education and technology. Her teaching and research interests include place-based learning with digital mapping, perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of wasps, Indigenous knowledge(s) and science in global contexts, kaupapa Māori film and the 48-Hour Film competition.
Ngāti Hine hoki ko Ngāti Kahu ōku iwi. Koira te ōpurepure o tōku whakapapa.
Melinda Webber is an Associate Professor and Research Director of The Starpath Project in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Indigenous Scholar who has published widely on the nature of ethnic identity development and iwi distinctiveness, examining the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Maori students .
Associate Professor Tim McCreanor is a Pākeha social scientist with a special interest in qualitative research and discursive methods in the study of culture, equity and justice. He is part of Whāriki Research Group at Massey University in Auckland where his work has focussed on public health approaches to racism and privilege, health equity, ecosystems and health, media representations and health, and action research for social change.
Peter Adds is an Associate Professor at Te Kawa a Maui - the School of Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He is from the Otaraua Hapu of Te Ātiawa in Taranaki. His academic training is in archaeology but he has extensive experience in Treaty Settlements and is also an accomplished Treaty trainer. He was the claimant researcher for the Taranaki Land Claim and subsequently the claim negotiator for Te Ātiawa. He is also the inaugural and current Chairperson of the Māori Association of Social Science.