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.
- "In New Zealand, ‘Māori Studies’ grew out of anthropology and represents the anthropological study of Māori people, culture, histories, language and so on."
- "Thus the person becomes one with the natural world."
- "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."
- "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."
- "As mentioned, we were inspired by the desire for cultural revitalisation and the quest for social justice."
- "As such, we ought to remember this and build knowledge and conduct our lives conscious to maintain unity with the natural world."
- "I call this the ‘creative potential’ paradigm."
- "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’."
- "The purpose of the wānanga process is to activate the mana atua of the person, the powers of the individual."
- "The work of the Yupiaq scholar Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley was also important."