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


Dr. Catherine Savage

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

Catherine is the managing director and lead researcher for Ihi Research. Catherine is a registered psychologist and holds an Education Doctorate from Massey University (2006) which investigated the School Network Reviews of 2004.  Catherine spent ten...

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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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Ann Hynds

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 in educational outcomes for diverse groups of learners. Her work builds on national and international studies that investigate collaborative processes n...

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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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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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