Wayne Ngata joins MacDiarmid board
Dr Ngata, based in Ūawa (Tolaga Bay) on the East Coast of the North Island, is of Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Ira and Ngāti Porou descent. He has a significant history of involvement with the MacDiarmid Institute and its former Director, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, including a key role on the steering and governance groups for the 2012 Transit of Venus event in Tolaga Bay, during which he welcomed participants onto Hauiti Marae.
Dr Ngata is a Principal Investigator with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the Centre for Research Excellence focused on indigenous research, based at the University of Auckland. He is also a member of Te Mata o Te Tau, the Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship at Massey University. His area of scholarship is Māori literature, specifically the language of mōteatea (traditional chant). He has worked extensively over the years to support te reo Māori in schools through his role as a manager at the Ministry of Education, and as an advocate for tribal intellectual, social and economic development.
He brings an impressive skill set to the board, including a strong background in teaching and education, his network of research connections and the ability to offer a Māori perspective on the Institute’s work and its long term strategic vision.