Arama Rata

Specialises in iwi connectedness, Māori-migrant relations, and attitudes to diversity and inclusion


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Dr Arama Rata belongs to Ngāruahine, Taranaki, and Ngāti Maniapoto. She is Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Demographic Analysis (NIDEA), University of Waikato, where she specialises in iwi connectedness, Māori-migrant relations, and attitudes to diversity and inclusion.

Her current projects include: Kia whakapiri mai – Bridging the home and away divide to enhance iwi engagement (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga), Māori voting in iwi organisations (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PI: Dr Maria Bargh), Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, PI: Prof. Francis Collins). She also undertakes commissioned work for iwi entities, Māori organisations, government policy agencies, and NGOs.

Outside of academia, Arama is the Māori spokesperson for MARRC (Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign), and recently joined the steering group of New Zealand Alternative, an independent organisation promoting a progressive role for Aotearoa in the world.