Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi) is a musician and researcher with interests in the creative potential of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), particularly as this relates to the whare tapere (traditional houses of performing arts). He is Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence and Professor of Indigenous Development in the Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland. Charles has been a New Zealand Senior Fulbright Scholar, a Winston Churchill Fellow and a visiting scholar at the University of London. Charles has written or edited six books on aspects of mātauranga Māori and iwi history.
- "I can recall the moment when I asked myself, ‘what really beats at the heart of mātauranga Māori anyway and why is this valuable?’ This was an important moment and it resonated with a comment I had read in the work of Vine Deloria."
- "This growth can be symbolised as a move from a preoccupation with mātauranga (knowledge) to being inspired by wānanga (creativity) for knowledge is exhaustible, creativity is inexhaustible."
- "‘Wānanga’: Features of an Indigenous Approach to Knowledge Creation In our language, the word we can most closely associate with the idea of the creation of new knowledge is wānanga."
- "This, then, is a sample and incomplete list of items concerning the wānanga process for the creation of new knowledge."
- "These critical differences are helpful in understanding the drive behind the establishment of our whare wānanga."
- "This is why, before we sow, we have to ask the earth’s permission."
- "In 1996, I was offered the role of Kaihautū (convenor) of a Masters programme in mātauranga Māori."
- "For now, let us note that the key or foundational idea of formal indigenous worldviews is that we, humankind, are products of the earth and participate in a living and woven universe."
- "The 1992 Nobel prize winner Rigoberta Menchu states: Our parents tell us: ‘Children, the earth is the mother of man, because she gives him food’ [."
- "This distinction was noted by the Waitangi Tribunal in their 1998 report: ‘Maori studies focuses on studying Maori society from a Pakeha perspective, while matauranga Maori is about studying the universe from a Maori perspective’."