Dr Hinekura 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.  From 2017 - 2020  I was a lecturer / academic developer Maori at the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) and am now a lecturer at Te Puna Wananga, School of Maori and Indigenous Education.

Research | Current

I am a Kaupapa Maori education researcher interested in the continued reclamation and revitalisation of Maori language, culture and identity through education - particularly for Maori women and children. My current research interests include a qualitative Mana Wahine project, exploring the lived experiences of 8 Maori women 'living as Maori'; the evolving tikanga of recieving adn wearing moko kauwae; developing Maori and Pasifika research relationships.  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

Waratah Taogaga - Master of Education 

Teri Ko - Masters of Higher Education (2020)

Lorna Spicer - PhD (2018 - 


  • Sutton-Smith Award - excellence in doctoral education research
  • Master of Education (first class honours)
  • Postgraduate diploma of Education (with distinction)


.2 Research Leadership team - Nga Pae o te Maramatanga; Capability and Capacity Building

Academic Lead for 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)

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  • Smith, H. (2020). “Cloaked in our aspirations”: Māori mothers and grandmothers weaving stories from their past for the future. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 5 (1), 79-89. Related URL.
  • Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E., & Smith, H. (2020). He vaka moana: Navigating Maori and Pasifika student success through a collaborative research fellowship. MAI Journal: A new Zeland Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 9 (1), 5-14. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.1.2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki
  • Smith, H., & Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E. (2020). Igniting the Vä: Vä-kä methodology in a Mäori-Pasifika research fellowship. MAI Journal. A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 9 (1), 15-25. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.1.3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki
  • Smith, H. (2019). Whatuora: Theorizing '"new" Indigenous research methodology from "old" Indigenous weaving practice. Art/Research International, 4 (1), 1-27. Related URL.
  • 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.
  • Lee, J., Pihama, L., & Smith, L. (2012). Marae-ā-kura: Teaching, learning and living as Māori. [Wellington, New Zealand]: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative.
  • 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 G, Room G05
New Zealand