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The term “rangahau” is currently used in Aotearoa New Zealand by many organisations and individuals to describe research undertaken by Māori or with a Māori focus. Royal (2004) has drawn our attention to the traditional linguistic use of the word “rangahau” to mean “seeking”, “questing” and “will to find”. Through examination of traditional literature, “rangahau” is likened to a quality found within the inquiring mind and questing spirit (Royal, 2004, p. 2).


Royal, C. (2004, May 27-28). Seeing the prism in the water, hearing the voice in the forest: Building research capacity and capability in Whare Wānanga. Paper presented to Hui Rangahau, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Te Awamutu.



This website aims to assist Māori researchers through the rangahau process and is dedicated to discussions related to Kaupapa Māori.