MASS Groups

MASS is short for “Māori Association of Social Sciences”. MASS is an inclusive organisation that engages broadly with the social sciences to promote our kaupapa that focuses on Maori development. In a very useful contribution at our 2008 conference Moana Jackson framed Māori social scientists as ‘Māori community knowledge bearers’.

The aim of MASS is to promote networking amongst Māori social scientists in their many settings and to foster the realisation of their research efforts in contributing to to Māori development and advancement. Maintaining active links and research relationships can improve the outcomes for our small, scattered, but growing Maori social science workforce by enhancing capability-building, generating research clusters and providing the benefit of collective voice on issues of importance to Māori and social science. MASS groups help members to collobarate and share information in areas of common interest.

MASS Executive

MASS is led by an Executive chaired by Associate Professor Peter Adds of Te Kawa ā Māui (Māori Studies) at Victoria University of Wellington and is made up of 18 representatives from universities and wānanga across Aotearoa New Zealand.