Research is a core activity of Māori Studies at Victoria—explore the variety of research projects our staff at Te Kawa a Māui are actively engaged in.

Conducting research is one of the core activities of Māori Studies and all of our academic staff are actively engaged in a variety of research projects. In the 2006 round of the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) assessments that rated the quality of research for all university academics, Victoria University of Wellington topped the Māori knowledge and development portfolio in New Zealand. Currently our staff are engaged in researching both local and international indigenous issues. Māori Studies students are engaged as much as possible in these research projects.

General areas of research that Māori Studies academic staff members engage in include the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty Settlements, claimant research in the settlement processes, Māori science, various aspects of Māori performing arts, tikanga tuku iho, the revitalisation of te reo Māori, sustainability in Māori business and Māori literature in English.