Joint Research Committee Request For Tender: Wai 2700 Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry

He tau pai te tau

He tau ora te tau

He tau ngehe te tau

He tau mo te wahine

Rapua he purapura e ora ai te tangata

The year is good, the year is peaceful, a year full of promise, a year for women, (to) bring forward the seeds that will sow the greatest good for all people. 

– Rapua te Purapura e Ora ai te iwi, Kahurangi Mira Szaszy, Te Whakapotaetanga o Ngā Tauira Māori, Te 27 o ngā rā o Paenga-Whāwhā 1993, Te Whare Wānanga o Wikitoria me Huia Publishers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

E mihi whānui ana ki a koutou ngā Kairangahau, kia mauria mai a koutou taonga, a koutou pukenga, hei tono mo ngā mahi-rangahau e waatea ana e pa ana ki to tātou kaupapa whakahirahira a te Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry Wai 2700. No reira, tirohia ki ngā kōrero whakamārama mō tēnei tono e whai ake nei.

Greetings extended to you all – we invite Researchers, to bring forward your talents and skills to tender for research work available regarding our important Kaupapa, Wai 2700 the Mana Wāhine Kaupapa Inquiry. See below for details.

In 2020, a Joint Research Committee (JRC), comprised of representatives from the claimant community, claimant counsel, Crown counsel, Manatū Wāhine and Tribunal research staff, was formed to progress important areas of research on behalf of the claimants.

The JRC has planned projects in six research areas:

  • Mana Wāhine definitional report: standalone definitional report on Mana Wāhine which will set out a ‘te ao Māori’ view of Mana Wāhine and provide definitions for concepts essential to Mana Wāhine.
  • A Remedies report: to scope the range of remedies being sought within the Inquiry.
  • Ngā Pou Hine reports:
    • Rangatiratanga: focuses on the mana rangatiratanga of Wāhine Māori and their leadership, exercise and denial of their authority and status in decision-making roles.
    • Whenua and Te Ao Tūroa: focus on how Wāhine Māori have been treated in relation to the land and their physical and metaphysical connectedness.
    • Whakapapa and whānau: focuses on the oranga and intergenerational well-being of Māori women and their whānau.
    • Whai rawa: focus on the theme of ohanga and the economy and Wāhine Māori, enterprise and collective potential.

The Tendering and Evaluation Sub-Committee (TESCo) of the JRC are now inviting research consortia/collaborations to apply to form research teams around one or more of the JRC’s Pou Hine Briefs.

How to apply

Applications must be sent to and received by 5pm, 2 December 2022. Late applications will not be considered.

Questions related to proposals and research questions should be submitted via email to by 18 November. TESCo will respond by 25 November at the latest.

Successful applicants will be formally notified by email by 16 December and invited to meet with TESCo in person (preferably) in Wellington and/or online 19 and 20 December 2022.

Contracts signed by January 2023 and research commences.

Supporting documents for the Request for Tender: