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.
- "Rather, the purpose of the study was to contribute to the pool of anthropological knowledge."
- "The topic of discussion ought to be synergistic with the location and vice versa."
- "Encounter with the world occurs through the apparatus of the body—use is made of meditation (nohopuku) and fasting (whakatiki) practices whereby inspiration and new ideas are actively sought."
- "Whether this contributed positively or not to the lives and experiences of Māori people and culture was not the preoccupation of this field of study."
- "Hence, the key tenet of indigenous worldviews and epistemology is that the mind exists within the world, participating in it."
- "Coinciding with this emerging thinking was my experience with the re- establishment of an institution called the whare tapere."
- "Secondly, there was and is a determination to create a ‘space of integrity’ for mātauranga Māori so that it might be explored and understood in its own terms and not analysed and therefore judged by pre-existing frames of reference such as those prevalent in the university."
- "The process for the selection of topic is set by the leaders of the wānanga."
- "Thus the person becomes one with the natural world."
- "It was interesting to note how many people struggled to see the difference between the two despite obvious differences."