Garrick Cooper

Garrick Cooper is currently a lecturer and Māori and Indigenous Studies Programme Co-ordinator at the University of Canterbury. His whānau is from Tauranga Moana and Hauraki and he also has whakapapa links to Ngāti Apakura and Ngāti Manawa. His research is driven by pursuing practices of 'decoloniality'. This includes understanding the ways in which coloniality reproduces and sustains itself and more importantly how these realities might be transformed. To this end, a part of his research includes using Māori epistemologies (and the philosophical insights that we can draw from these) to critique dominant narratives about Māori (and perhaps "others") and create new pathways forward that transcend the binaries of Europeans and natives, whites and blacks, Māori and Pākehā, the oppressor and the oppressed"

Biographical sources

  • 4 November 2016


  • Te Rerenga ā Te Pïrere: A longitudinal study of kŌhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori students. Phase I report. Commissioned by New Zealand Council For Educational Research, 2004.
  • Co-authors V. Arago-Kemp, C. Wylie and E. Hodgen.
  • Te Kete o Aoraki Evaluation. Commissioned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (2007): vii+55.
  • Co-authors J. Gilbert and R. Campbell.
  • "Tawhaki and Māui: critical literacy in indigenous epistemologies." Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices 2.1 (2008): 37-42.
  • Key Best Evidence Synthesis (BES): Findings for whānau and iwi. Ministry of Education, 2010.
  • Co-authors M. Skerrett, V. Andreotti, R. Manning, A. Macfarlane and T. Emery.
  • "Epistemological pluralism." AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 7.1 (2011): 40-50.
  • Co-authors V. Andreotti and C. Ahenakew.
  • "A new net to go fishing: Messages from international evidence based research and kaupapa Māori research." The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education 40 (2011): 92-101.
  • Co-authors R.F. Manning, A.H. Macfarlane, M. Skerrett, V. Andreotti and T. Emery.
  • "Kaupapa Māori research: Epistemic wilderness as freedom?" New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 47.2 (2012) : 64-73.
  • "Equivocal Knowing and Elusive Realities: Imagining Global Citizenship Otherwise." Postcolonial Perspectives of Global Citizenship Education. Ed. V. de Oliveira Andreotti & L.M.T.M. de Souza. New York: Routledge (2012): 221-237.
  • Co-authors V. de Oliveira Andreotti and C. Ahenakew.
  • "Beyond Epistemic Provincialism: De-provincializing Indigenous resistance." Alternative 10.3 (2014): 216-231.
  • Co-authors C. Ahenakew, V. Andreotti and H. Hireme.
  • "Introducing the Indigenous Philosophy Group (IPG)." Educational Philosophy and Theory 47.9 (2015): 851-855.
  • Co-authors G. Stewart, C. Mika, V. Bidois and T.K. Hoskins.
  • "What is Intellectual Freedom Today: An Indigenous Reflection." Continental Thought & Theory 1.1 (2016): 93-95.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "Mäui, Tawhaki, kaupapa Mäori and..."progress"." Making Progress - Measuring Progress (2008): 55-62.
  • "He aha te wāhi ki te mātauranga Māori i roto i ngā kura kaupapa Māori? The positioning of Māori knowledge in kura kaupapa Māori." Christchurch, N.Z.: Ngā Kete a Rēhua: Inaugural Māori Research Symposium Te Waipounamu - Proceedings Book (2008): 53-60.
  • "He aha te wāhi ki te Mātauranga Māori ki Roto i Te Kura Kaupapa Māori: The positioning of Māori knowledge in kura kaupapa Māori." University of Canterbury, Christchurch, N.Z.: Ngā Kete a Rēhua: Inaugural Māori Research Symposium - Te Waipounamu, 4-5 Sep 2008. (2010): 53-60.