Professor Tim McCreanor is a senior researcher at SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre, within the College of Health at Massey University in Auckland. His broad public health orientation and interest in the social determinants of health and wellbeing, provide a platform for social science projects that support and stimulate social change. In particular his research seeks to foreground, critique and redress the mechanisms of talk, text and other forms of communication that operate to produce, maintain and naturalise the disparities, exclusions and inequities so evident in our society. Discourse analysis and other qualitative methods have been a central theme in Tim's approach to research domains around ethnicity and culture, inclusion and exclusion and health inequalities. Key topics include racial discrimination, youth wellbeing, alcohol marketing, media representations and social cohesion. His work combines a vigorous programme of externally funded research, peer-reviewed publication, postgraduate supervision, community development and capability building.
Matike Mai – Planning for constitutional transformation
Matike Mai works understandings of the independence of hapū and iwi, alongside their interdependence through whakapapa, within the wider Māori polity, as the basis for constitutional authority. It constructs a similar dynamic between Māori and the Crown where just constitutional relations require the independence of both to make decisions for their peoples, while acknowledging their relationships under te Tiriti o Waitangi. To enact this vision of ‘conciliatory and consensual democracy’, to ‘work together as equals’ in the light of the realities of colonial history and unresolved injustice and disparity, the Crown needs to be able to match the radical generosity from Māori. and a bring to the table a mighty commitment from Tangata Tiriti because as a group we are so far behind our Tiriti partner. Collectively we are ignorant of our history, careless in regard to our environment, insecure in our identity and deeply privileged in our lives.