Tahu Kukutai

Tahu Kukutai

Tahu is the Professor of Demography at NIDEA and convenes the research themes ‘Te para one e tū mai nei: Māori and Indigenous populations’ and ‘Population change’. She is also the Pou Matarua/Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Aotearoa New Zealand’s only Māori Centre of Research Excellence.

Much of her research focuses on Māori demography and Indigenous data sovereignty. She has several decades of experience working with hapū and iwi, doing demographic research that meets their needs. She is also heavily involved in Indigenous data sovereignty research and advocacy. She co-edited two open access books on the topic, Indigenous data sovereignty: Toward an agenda (ANU Press) and Indigenous data sovereignty and policy (Routledge), and she is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty network Te Mana Raraunga and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. She is currently co-writing/editing books on Indigenous sociology, Indigenous statistics, and the history of Tūrangawaewae marae.

Tahu also has a long-standing interest in ethnic classification and identity and has published widely on these topics. With Professor Victor Thompson (Rider University, USA), they undertook the Ethnicity Counts? project which examines how governments around the world count and classify populations by ethnicity and citizenship status.

In addition to research and supervision, Tahu serves on a wide range of iwi, research and government advisory groups including the Pūhoro Charitable Trust which governs the Pūhoro STEMM Academy, the Chief Science Advisor Forum, and the technical advisory for the Data Iwi Leadership Group, National Iwi Chairs Forum.

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    Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Centre of Research Excellence
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    Professor and Co-director
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