Dr Tepora Emery
Dr Tepora Emery is a researcher, principal lecturer and Māori Research adviser at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua. She has deep roots in the Te Arawa being affiliated to Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Whakaue. On her father’s side she is from Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu ki Maniapoto – Tainui waka.
With a rich learning, teaching and research background, Tepora has a holistic approach to her work; she believes that research and education, leading to critical understanding and awareness of dominant cultural, political and societal influences, is foremost to leading a full, rich and meaningful life. Through her work she encourages people to critically question and examine social, political and economic structures in order to deepen their consciousness and understanding of the world around them. Creating, supporting and facilitating research and education pathways, opportunities and transformative outcomes for whānau, hapū, iwi and communities, is central to her work.