Professor Pou Temara
MA (with Distinction)
Pou Temara is professor of reo and tikanga at the University of Waikato. He is a recognised authority on Māori customary practice and whaikōrero, having taught at Victoria University as a senior lecturer and at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi as associate professor and as head of the faculty of Mātauranga Māori. He is also one of three directors of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo, the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language, where he teaches and researches whaikōrero, karanga, and tikanga. He was also a member of the Māori Advisory Committee, which produced essays for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau.
Professor Temara is a member of the Tūhoe Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board and has made several submissions to the Urewera district hearings of the Waitangi Tribunal. He has had experience in dispute resolutions, mediating between the iwi of Taranaki during their claims to the Tribunal. Professor Temara is the chairperson of both Te Hui Ahurei a Tūhoe and the Repatriation Advisory Panel to Te Papa and has written many publications and essays on issues currently affecting Māori. His first book, Maungapōhatu, was released recently through Huia Publishers.
Professor Temara was appointed to the Tribunal in 2008.