"Tangiwai's research interests include te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, Māori Education and Māori Pedagogy. In 2006 she completed her Master of Indigenous Studies which looked at the impact and implications of Ministry of Education legislative changes to teacher qualifications (effective 1 January 2006) on and for teaching staff in a small sample of Kura Kaupapa Maori in the South and North Islands of New Zealand. A copy of this thesis can be accessed at the following link: http://eprintstetumu.otago.ac.nz/96/. In July 2009 Tangiwai undertook case study interviews with seven mainstream schools in the North Island about Māori pedagogy use in their schools. This provided the material to write her book chapter, Māori Teaching Pedagogies-where to from here?(see Research Outputs below). This material will also become part of the discussion chapter in her PhD thesis. Tangiwai has been enrolled part time in her PhD investigating intergenerational knowledge transmission and pedagogy from the late 1800s until the present, and their place in today’s learning environments; particularly from a Waikato Tainui perspective about practices associated with the Kīngitanga(King Movement)."
- http://www.otago.ac.nz/te-tumu/staff/otago083504.html 2 December 2016
- "Māori teaching pedagogies: Where to from here?" Kia Tangi Te Tītī: Permission to speak: Successful schooling for Māori students in the 21st century: Issues, challenges and alternatives. Ed. P. Whitinui. Wellington, N.Z.: NZCER Press, (2011): 80-103.
- "Adding 'local' flavour to the Māori language curriculum." He Pukenga Kōrero 11.1 (2012): 21-29.
- Co-authors K. Paringatai and W. Hokowhitu.
- "Utilising kaupapa Māori approaches to initiate research." MAI Journal 3.3 (2014): 242-254.
- "The Ngāruawāhia Tūrangawaewae Regatta: Today's reflections on the past." Journal of the Polynesian Society 124.1 (2015).
- "The ZePA model of Māori language revitalization: Key considerations for empowering indigenous language educators, students, and communities." Honoring our elders: Culturally appropriate approaches for teaching indigenous students. Ed. J. Reyhner, J. Martin, L. Lockard and W. S. Gilbert. Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University, (2015): 136-153.
- Co-author P. Rewi.
- "The impact of contextualising learning on student understanding of the Māori language curriculum in Te Tumu." Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. Ed. K. Shephard, T. Harland and A. Cohen. Dunedin, N.Z.: HEDC, University of Otago, 2011.
- Co-authors K. Paringatai.
- "Kia tau, kia tipu, kia puāwai: Divisional initiatives to tautoko (support) Māori success at the University of Otago." Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. Ed. K. Shephard, T. Harland and A. Cohen. Dunedin, N.Z.: HEDC, University of Otago, 2011.
- Co-authors A. Rangi, S. Scott, R. Bull and Z. Bristowe.
- "What is the impact and implications of Ministry of Education legislative changes to teacher qualifications (effective 1 January 2006) on and for teaching staff in Kura Kaupapa Māori?" (MIndS). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2006.