Associate Professor Melinda Webber elected to the Royal Society Te Apārangi Council

10 July 2018
Associate Professor Melinda Webber
Associate Professor Melinda Webber

Associate Professor Melinda Webber was recently elected as Councillor on the Royal Society Te Apārangi Council. The council has a governance role within the society and consists of the President and Councillors elected, appointed or co-opted.

Melinda brings a strong kaupapa Maori, education and community research background to the council. She said she is “excited and proud” about being elected to the position. 

“I am the first Maori to be elected into a council role as opposed to co-opted. And I think this is a real indication of positive changes happening within Te Apārangi – The Royal Society of New Zealand. In the last two years, Te Apārangi has articulated a genuine commitment to a more inclusive and bi-cultural research agenda and in putting myself forward for election I sought an opportunity to contribute to its ongoing development and the growth of its research partnerships with indigenous communities. I believe I bring a range of community, Māori and international indigenous research connections to the role and look forward to extending the reach of the society into these diverse research contexts.

Prior to here election to the council, Melinda had already developed strong partnerships with colleagues in Te Apārangi. She was a member of 2016-2017 working group that developed “Mentoring Guidelines for Researchers” and was also a member of the Te Apārangi Steering Group called Te Kauhuahua – an advisory group to the President of Te Apārangi.

As councillor, one of her priorities is  “to advocate strongly for more appreciation and acknowledgement of Mātauranga Māori and social science research” in the broad activities of the society.

“I also help to play a role in building enduring relationships between Te Apārangi and Maori research institutions including Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga, Te Mana Raraunga, and ngā Whare Wananga. I would like to ensure that Te Apārangi has relevance for Māori research communities and, through this, it delivers on its commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.”