International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

These webinars are held in conjunction with the UN’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and aim to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.

We acknowledge the differences in circumstances between indigenous peoples of New Zealand and Australia and therefore for this topic, we’ll be hosting 2 separate webinars back to back. The first will be focused on the Maori population of New Zealand and the second, for the first peoples of Australia and we encourage you to attend both if you can!


Event Details

Event: Webinar – Using Data to support and empower our Indigenous Peoples
Location: Via Zoom Link (registration required)
Date: Monday 10th August 2020
Webinar 1: 11am-12pm AEST (1pm-2pm NZST)
Webinar 2: 12pm-12:45pm AEST (2pm-2:45pm NZST)


Webinar 1: Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa

Speaker 1: Ngapera Riley
Chief Executive Officer, Figure.NZ

Ngapera believes everybody should have access to good information, and that knowing how to find and use data is vital to solving our country’s biggest problems. She cares about everyone being able to take part in that, so we can collectively work towards a better future for Aotearoa.

Ngapera works closely with Māori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the InZone Education Foundation, Hyundai’s Pinnacle Programme, and Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust, which connects indigenous business efforts from around the world. She is part of the working group Te Pokapu for the Maori Data Sovereignty Network advocating for Maori rights and interests in data.

Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has also worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Health, and the University of Auckland.

Speaker 2: Kiri Parata
Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, Whanganui, NZ

Kiri Parata is a Māori health research and evaluation contractor.  A combination of exploratory enquiring and a personal commitment to see her people flourish is what drives her enthusiasm for her mahi.   Kiri is currently exploring ngā kaupapa tuku iho (values passed down from our ancestors) and in particular manaakitanga and how we can better express this important concept in a modern world. Kiri was lead researcher for the Taranaki D3 data study – Data, Decision-making and Development – which she will speak to in the presentation.


Webinar 2: The First Peoples of Australia

Speaker 1: Dr Kalinda Griffiths
Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales

Kalinda is a Yawuru woman and epidemiologist. Her work addresses complex health disparities in populations through using existing and linked administrative data with a focus on data governance and equity measurement. Kalinda is currently a Scientia Lecturer at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at the University of NSW. She also is an honorary research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research and is Deputy Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.  She is a global leader in Indigenous Data Governance. Holding a number of national and international leadership and advisory roles, including the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement, the Indigenous Data Network Steering Group and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Health Information Strategy Independent Expert Panel.