Ta Tātou Kaupapa
Mission Statement

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy, advocates that “everyone has a role in a disaster resilient nation”. Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa (The EQC Matāuranga Māori Disaster Risk Reduction Centre) will contribute to creating a resilient New Zealand through building Māori disaster risk reduction research and workforce capabilities as well as developing and applying indigenous innovation to minimise hazard risks and impacts on the people and taonga of Aotearoa.

Māori Disaster Risk Reduction Research Centre to flourish, and produce world class Matauranga Māori and disaster science to inform and facilitate the well-being of Māori and New Zealand communities, the centre’s structure, processes, practices and aspirations are supported and shaped by foundational kaupapa.


Creating respectful and trusting relationships


Acting with integrity, generosity and compassion


Unity, centre leaders, fellows, associates, partners and stakeholders acting as one

Kaitiakitanga -tiaki our taonga

Collective stewardship and collaborative guardianship of taonga


Negotiating actions, challenges, change and acceptance


Solutions-focused through Innovation and creativity

Who is involved

Meet our leadership team, and get to know who is involved in this project to make it successful

Dr Christine Kenney

Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu

Christine Kenney is the Kaiwhakahaere (Director) of Te Toi Whakaruruhau o Aotearoa, the EQC Mātauranga Māori disaster risk reduction research centre, and Professor of Disaster Risk Reduction at Massey University.

Dr Jonathan Procter

Muaupoko, Ngāti Apa,
Ngāi Tahu

Jonathan Procter is a Professor of Natural Hazards that has taught natural hazard science, emergency management… 

Dr Suzanne Phibbs

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe,

Suzanne Phibbs is a Māori health sociologist and senior lecturer in public health in the School of Public Health at Massey University.

Dr Acushla Sciascia

Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui,
Te Āti Awa

Acushla Sciascia is of Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui and Te Āti Awa descent.

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Emerging Researchers

Meet some of our emerging researchers and get to know their stories. 

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