Equity, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion

  • Te Pūnaha Matatini is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, recognising and celebrating the distinct status of Māori as tangata whenua, and committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • We are inclusive, respectful of difference, valuing the diverse peoples of our varied communities
  • We support access and inclusion through practices and processes that encourage balance, flexible working, and wellbeing
  • We are committed to safety, supporting our people, promoting inclusion, and preventing bullying and discrimination

As a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence comprised of members from diverse backgrounds, organisations, and lived experiences, we are committed to the open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought and expression, and respectful debate. These require a community and an environment that recognises the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters inclusion, dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and embraces diversity.

From our establishment in 2015, we have been committed to reaching gender parity in our investigator cohort by 2020, with 32% of the founding Principal Investigators being women. In August 2017, including our latest cohort of Associate Investigators, women make up 48% of our researchers.

We note the issues with the notion of ‘excellence’ and ‘merit’, and are developing approaches that assess merit relative to opportunity.

Te Pūnaha Matatini has a sponsorship policy for all hosted and sponsored events; and a Code of Conduct for all members of the Te Pūnaha Matatini Community. All Te Pūnaha Matatini investigators and members of the Te Pūnaha Matatini Whānau are expected to be cognisant of the policy and Code, and to implement them.

Supporting the distinctive contribution of Māori to Aotearoa New Zealand
We work closely with Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga to support the realisation of the distinctive contribution of Māori to Aotearoa New Zealand. Our Māori and Pasifika internship programme provides funded opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to work on research projects co-developed within communities and develop skills in network science, computational approaches to data, qualitative research methods, and communicating science and research.

Promoting diversity in science and academia
We have taken a national leadership role in promoting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in science and academia.

Siouxsie Wiles and Kate Hannah led a national crowd-funding campaign to send copies of Nicola Gaston’s book Why Science is Sexist to people with decision-making power in New Zealand universities and research organisations.

Kate Hannah’s research has highlighted the absence of women from the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s annual prizes and awards, and this has led to a number of changes within the organisation.

Our Code of Conduct, Sponsorship Policy, and Equity, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion Policy and Guidelines have been shared widely and adapted for use by a number of national and international research organisations and professional bodies, including the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

We actively promote both organisational and grass roots approaches that lead to intersectional diversity, supporting institutional approaches such as the University of Auckland’s Women in STEMM working group, the Women in Science Network within the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland.

We are committed to education and resourcing, developing unconscious bias training, Kindness in Science resources, and modules for supporting best practise in Equity, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion.

Workplace wellness
We demonstrate our commitment to workplace wellness through flexible working, containing meetings within school hours, supporting caregiver attendance at our hui and other events, encouraging and holding a variety of different types of team events, and making sure no-one comes to work on their birthday!