Dr Hinekura Lisa Jane Smith

PhD - Education; Bachelor of Arts - Maori education, Grd Diptch(secondary), PostGrad DipEd, MEd (1st class)


A secondary school teacher for 13 years, I moved into initial teacher education in 2009 when I began postgraduate study at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. I have worked as a professional development facilitator in Maori medium schools, te reo Maori facilitator in English-medium schools and a professional teaching fellow at Te Puna Wananga, the school of Maori education. Since February 2017 I have been a lecturer / academic developer Maori at the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR).

Research | Current

I am a Kaupapa Maori education researcher interested in research that supports the continued reclamation and revitalisation of Maori language, culture and identity through education - particularly for Maori women and children. My PhD research, a qualitative Mana Wahine project, explored the lived experiences of 8 Maori women 'living as Maori' and the aspirations they hold for their children and grandchildren to live holistically well lives 'as Maori'. From 2018-20 I am a co-PI on a 2 year intercultural Ako Aotearoa project named He Vaka Moana to develop and evaluate an inter-institutional Oceanic research fellowship to support Maori student and Pasifika student success and retention.


Teaching | Current

Lecturer - Academic developer Māori

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Alison Jones, Dr Jenny Lee


  • Master of Education (first class honours)
  • Postgraduate diploma of Education (with distinction)


Regional coordinator of MAI ki Tamaki Maori and Indigenous doctoral student network

Areas of expertise

Kaupapa Maori methodologies; Maori creative methodologies, Mana Wahine based research; art-based research methodologies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Smith, H. (2019). Whatuora: Theorizing '"new" Indigenous research methodology from "old" Indigenous weaving practice. Art/Research International, 4 (1), 1-27. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47160
  • Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E., Smith, H., & Hattori, M. T. P. (2018). Indigenous Methodologies: Charting our Collective Journey. A Talanoa Panel. Paper presented at (Re) Mapping Indigenous & Settler Geographies in the Pacific, Mānoa, Hawai'i, USA. 19 October - 20 October 2018. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45503
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki
  • Smith, H. L. (2017). Whatuora: Whatu kākahu and living as Māori women The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36334
  • Lee, J., Pihama, L., & Smith, L. (2012). Marae-ā-kura: Teaching, learning and living as Māori. [Wellington, New Zealand]: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39407
  • Smith, L. J. (2012). Te mahana o te ahi kā roa - Tiriwa: A school marae and 'Success as Māori' The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12820

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 301
New Zealand