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Te Kāhui Kura Māori, Volume 0, Issue 2



In sum, the clear lessons I have to learn from Māori research methodologies are: firstly to confront and deconstruct the harmful prejudices and practices that underlie Western academic research. And secondly that there are alternatives available which allow for far more ethical and satisfying research. I am still digesting what I have learnt and this essay is perhaps only the beginnings of an articulation of their impact. Again, I believe I will be struggling with the ramifications of these theories and methodologies for years to come. While they make good sense and can be grasped intuitively, they are far removed from the way that many are often trained to function as academics. To put these methodologies into practice will be a great challenge, involving much questioning, soul searching, and trial and error.