Amokapua Pākākano | 
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific & Equity

Dr Darryn Russell

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Dr Russell was appointed Amokapua Pākākano | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific & Equity in April 2011.  He previously was the Director, Māori Development at the University of Otago.

He is Ngāi Tahu, and a member of Ōtākou Rūnanga. His experience includes directorships on commercial, non-commercial, philanthropic and community organisations. Dr Russell has also held ministerial appointments to national committees.

Brief curriculum vitae

Dr Russell started his working life with the Inland Revenue Department, through the then Department of Māori Affairs and was later appointed the Māori Community Officer with the department. He then took up a position with Department of Internal Affairs and just prior to settlement with the Crown, accepted a regional leadership and development position with Ngāi Tahu.

Dr Russell has always had a focus on Ngāi Tahu and rūnanga development. With this background, he held the position of Director, Māori Development at the University of Otago for several years. Dr Russell's current position as Amokapua Pākākano | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific & Equity has the responsibility for developing and maintaining university Treaty based relationships with iwi and Māori providers, people of the Pacific while also coordinating and implementing strategy development for Māori, Pacific and a focus of equity, diversity and inclusiveness at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

The role of the Amokapua Pākākano | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific & Equity

The role of the Amokapua Pākākano | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity is to help the university in general and in particular support a learning environment which recognises and promotes Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique bicultural society.

Ko tā te Amokapua Pākākano mahi ko te ārahi i Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha whānui, otirā me matua tautoko i te taiao ako hai whakatairanga, hai whakamana hoki te hāpori tikanga rua o Aotearoa nei.

The Amokapua Pākāno has the responsibility for:

  • Line management of Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity
  • Advisory Board to the AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity and Kā Waimaero | Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.
  • Implementing the Rautaki Whakawhanake Kaupapa Māori | Strategy for Māori Development
  • UC's Bicultural Competence and Confidence Framework paper and Appendix.
  • Oversight of Māori research at UC.
  • Links with key strategic partners: Kā Waimaero | Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Development.
  • Māori Academic Moderation Komiti.
  • Māori names at UC.
  • Te Ohu Reo request form 

    The Ohu Reo is placing a temporary stop on the naming of all role titles and work units at UC while we focus instead on some transition work in Te Waka Pākākano. This means that we will not be generating any new role titles or names for work units until further notice.

    We are keen to see and hear the role titles and work unit titles already distributed in full use across UC and in our communications from UC to the wider community. The UC Te Reo Māori Style Guide is a useful document to help you add these to (e.g.) your webpages, email signatures, business cards. Your Kaiārahi can help you with pronunciation of the names relevant to your work. You can find the details of your respective Kaiārahi on our Te Waka Pākākano webpage here.

    Te Ohu Reo intends to add the existing role titles to the UC Māori Kuputaka | List of Terms while the temporary stop on new naming is active. We also have plans to add sound files for all the items in the Kuputaka when we have the capacity.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. For any urgent matters, please contact Mary Boyce:

  • UC’s relationship with mana whenua.
  • UC’s relationship with Ngāi Tahu.
  • Maintaining and advancing the University’s profile with iwi organisations.
  • Maintaining and advancing the University’s profile with the wider Māori and Pacific community.

Whakapā mai ki Te Waka Pākākano

Contact the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity