He aha te kai ō te rangatira?
He Kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero.

What is the food of the leader?
It is knowledge.
It is communication.

We are a team of highly skilled researchers and innovators that believe in social responsibility and delivering positive outcomes for people and their communities.

We live in the community we work in, therefore we are connected, ethical and mindful of what benefits our community can gain from our research. We undertake community based research and provide research evaluation to motivate change.

We are creative and solutions focused. Our work is about identifying the way forward, looking for possibilities and seeking to support socially responsible innovation.

Our People

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Dr. Catherine Savage

Ngāi Tahu
EdD, PG Dip Ed Psych, MEd Psych, BEd, BAppB

Catherine is passionate about equity, communities leading change for themselves, and learning as a lifelong journey.  She is the managing director of Ihi Research with her partner John.  Catherine has an employment history that is connected by the co...

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John Leonard

Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tūhoe
BTchLN, Grad Dip, P.G. Dip Ed

John has had over 25 years’ experience in the education sector, with over 16 years as a school principal. From 2012 – 2013 he was seconded for eighteen months to lead Mau ki te Ako; the collaboration of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, University of Canterbur...

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Hēmi Te Hēmi

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rora, Ngāti Kōroki, Kuki Airani, Mangaiia
B.App.Man, P.G. Cert P.H., Dip.T.A.R, Dip.A.T & L.

Hēmi is of Māori and Cook Islands descent and a father of four, married to the love, rock and anchor of his life, Tracy. Prior to joining the Ihi Research team, Hēmi worked for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as a Kaiārahi Kaitoko supporting the educational a...

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Letitia Goldsmith

BA Psychology

Letitia Goldsmith (BA. Psychology & Education)  is the Research Project Manager for Ihi Research.   Letitia previously coordinated the Whenua Kura programme for Te Tapuae o Rehua on behalf of Ngāi Tahu Farming, Lincoln University and Te Rūnanga o Ngā...

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Dr. Anne Hynds

PhD, MA (Distinction), PG Dip Tch, PG Dip (TSSN), Dip Tch, BA

Anne is an experienced educator and researcher with a passion for achieving equity and excellence. Her work builds on national and international studies that investigate collaborative processes needed to develop relational trust and evaluative thinki...

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Dr Larissa Kus-Harbord

PhD, MSc, BSc.

Larissa has worked with research teams in New Zealand and Estonia for over 18 years. She is passionate about analytical work and synthesizing research evidence. She brings significant experience in participating and leading individual and partnership...

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Wendy Dallas-Katoa

Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha

Wendy has over 25 years of experience in the Health sector in a variety of roles. She has represented Māori interests in health on a number of boards and organisations including; South Island Māori Cancer Leadership Network, National Kaitiaki Group –...

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Kate Standring

Communication Specialist

Kate has worked in the media and print industry in New Zealand and the United Kingdom for more than 30 years. She spent the past 15 years as the editor of an award-winning community newspaper.  In 2017 she established her own business, Allokate Creat...

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