The James Henare Mäori Research Centre was established in 1993, in response to a request from representatives of the Mäori people of the Taitokerau for a research centre at the University of Auckland which would focus the intellectual resources of the University on issues relevant to their needs.
Throughout the first decade of its existence, the Centre has been located in a specially chosen historic building at 18 Wynyard Street, Auckland, adjacent to the University marae. It was named in honour of the late Sir James Henare, an eminent Mäori leader and scholar, who played a key role in impressing on the University the importance of honouring its responsibilities in these matters. The Centre has sought to contribute to Mäori social, cultural and economic well-being and advancement through its research programmes and activities
Special importance has been attached to matters which concern the Mäori people of the University's traditional rohe (i.e. the area from Northern Waikato and Coromandel to Auckland and Northland), but the Centre's research interests and links have been nation-wide, and have extended also to active participation in international networks
The Centre itself has had a very small core staff since its establishment; most of its work has been carried out by interdisciplinary research teams drawn from various faculties of the University of Auckland, and, where appropriate, other institutions and organisations, with the Centre playing a facilitative and coordinating role.
The Centre went temporarily into recess early in 2004. Further information about its future work will no doubt be found on the University of Auckland website in due course.
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