Nelson Conference 2017 “Research in the Maori World” Keynote address by John and Hilary Mitchell

keynote-photo“Research in the Maori World”

Keynote address by John and Hilary Mitchell

John and Hilary Mitchell have operated as Mitchell Research for nearly thirty years.  They have completed hundreds of reports on social investigations and Maori issues, including evidence for the Waitangi Tribunal.  They have published a number of books, including the four-volume series “Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Maori of Nelson and Marlborough”.

John Mitchell (Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Kinohaku) is tangata whenua of Mohua (Golden Bay).  He has lectured in psychology at the University of Canterbury and was school director of the Cobham Outward Bound School in Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough.  He has been a trustee of the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and commissioner of Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission), and has represented Maori interests on a number of national bodies.  Locally John has been involved in iwi and pan-iwi affairs.

Hilary Mitchell, of West Coast Irish stock, has been a secondary school teacher, a Nelson City Councillor, a trustee of the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust, and a Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology council member.

During 2009-2010, the Mitchells were joint holders of the J D Stout Research Fellowship in New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2010-2012 they held research fellowships at Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.  These appointments facilitated much of the basic research and drafting of Volume IV of “Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka”.