Linda Tuhiwai Smith of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou has been acknowledged for her major contribution to education with the Te Ururangi Award at the 2016 Matariki Awards.
Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development and Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori at the University of Waikato. She has worked in the field of Māori education for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Māori research.
Her publication “Decolonising Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples” has been an international best seller in the indigenous world since its publication in 1998. Professor Smith was an inaugural Co-Director of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and has recently established the Te Kotahi Research Institute for Innovation at the University of Waikato.
She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, for services to Māori and education.
In 2015 Professor Smith received the NZ Association for Research in Education: McKenzie award for making a significant contribution to educational research and to the NZARE over an extended period of time.