AbstractIn this paper I offer a description of my doctoral research which attempts to investigate how Kaupapa Maori Research theory works in a specific context, that is the formulation of doctoral research in conjunction with and at the behest of the iwi, in this case, Ngati Hako of the Hauraki area. I describe the settings, challenges, assumptions, concerns and processes with regard to the provision of a study that seeks to advance iwi desires in a collaborative way while striving to protect iwi members, especially the kaumatua, from having to defend the research. I argue that by following a Kaupapa Maori collaborative approach with Ngati Haki, this research project derives its importance from not only the perceived benefits for Ngati Haki but
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