MASS 2012 Conference

The theme for this conference has evolved from the impact of natural and “unnatural‟ disasters in Aotearoa. However, this conference is not solely focused on disaster and repair. While rupture reveals the socially patterned form of inequalities, it also presents opportunities to rekindle connections, lay down new foundations and build lives characterised by creativity, strength and purpose. Research Reconnect Rebuild is an invitation to rebuild and reconnect through research.

Keynote Speakers
We are very excited to announce our international keynote speaker, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy Lewis Gordon, Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple University in Philadelphia. Professor Gordon has written many works about race theory, Africana philosophy, postcolonial phenomenology, philosophy of existence, social and political philosophy, film and literature, philosophy of education, philosophy of human sciences, and a variety of other topics. You can read more about him at

We are also greatly honoured to have Professor Tā Mason Durie as a keynote speaker. Professor Durie has been fundamental to the development of Māori social science and health research and has been involved in a wealth of research pertaining to Māori health, indigenous knowledge and social science. Perhaps most recognised for his development of the Whare tapa whā model, Professor Durie has recently retired from his position as Professor of Māori Research and Development & Assistant Vice - Chancellor (Māori & Pasifika) at Massey University.

Our list of keynote speakers also includes:

Mark Solomon: Mark is the Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRONT). He is considered one of the most forward-thinking business leaders as a result of his work with TRONT and has been a hands-on fixture in the rebuild of Christchurch. It is a pleasure to have him open our conference.

Sacha McMeeking: Sacha was the inaugural Fulbright Harkness Fellow in 2010. Formerly the General Manager of Strategy and Influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, she was responsible for leading the external affairs portfolio for the Iwi spanning government engagement, public policy, brand and reputation. She is also a University of Canterbury alumni having graduated with a Master of Laws (first class honours).

Hon. Louisa Wall. Louisa is the current Labour list MP for Manurewa and has been a list member of parliament since 2008. As well as working for the Health Research Council and Human Rights Commission Louisa has also won a world championship with the New Zealand Black Ferns (rugby) and is a former vice-captain of the Silver Ferns (netball). To find out more about Louisa check the following link

Submitting an abstract
MASS would like to encourage Māori and Indigenous social science academics, researchers, students and community groups to submit abstracts for conference presentations that relate to any of the following broad sub-themes: crisis and resilience; Iwi development; emerging Māori and Indigenous research; and post- graduate research. We welcome submissions in te reo Māori or English. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. If you would like to submit an abstract they can be emailed to the Chair of the Abstracts Committee, Tahu Kukutai, at Remember to include your name, iwi affiliation, institution and 250 words abstract.
The closing date to submit abstracts has been extended to Friday 26 October.

The cut-off date for early-bird registration is Wednesday 31 October.

Registration fees (incl. MASS annual membership):

Full registration - Staff / waged: 350

Full registration - early-bird - Staff / waged: $300

Student /Senior/Community/Unwaged: $250

Student /Senior/Community/Unwaged - early-bird: $200

Online registration will be available shortly.

Conference Dinner
Price: $75 not included in registration fee.

The 2012 MASS Conference Dinner will be held in the pristine settings of the Clearwater Resort on the outskirts of Christchurch city. The evening will include a three course buffet meal, cash bar and entertainment (wine will also be provided with dinner). Our invited dinner speaker is Tā Tipene O’Regan.

Some of Otautahi’s finest musicians will be providing entertainment, so bring your dancing shoes.

Transport to and from the venue is provided.
For more information on the venue please check:

There are several hotel/motel accommodation options within walking distance of the University including:

We also have the option of a discounted rate at the Clearwater Resort (venue of conference dinner). Mention that you are attending the MASS 2012 conference to reception to receive special rate. (Anyone staying here may also wish to bring their golf clubs)

Marae style accommodation is available at Te Whare Akonga o Te Akatoki for $30 per night including breakfast. (note: linen not provided, please bring sleeping bag and pillow)


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies

MAI Doctoral Conference
Two outputs in one week? Why not? Make the most of an opportunity to present at two conferences in the same city, during the same week, with the same flights. The MAI doctoral conference follows immediately after the closing of MASS 2012. For more information on the MAI doctoral conference contact Dr. Simon Lambert (Lincoln University)