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.
- "Indigenous knowledge is a ‘heritage inspired’ knowledge system which often speaks of the wisdom of the ancestors."
- "Indigenous knowledge making is conscious of the natural rhythms of the universe—of the way day and night interact, for example, of the way in which energy flows naturally in a person throughout a single day."
- "This lack of specific emphasis in Māori Studies upon positive contributions to Māori people and culture led, I suggest, to the advent of an initiative entitled ‘Kaupapa Māori’ which, among other things, was designed to ‘create space’ for Māori language, culture and knowledge within ‘the academy’ (i.e."
- "The last section of this essay presents some ideas about what that process, method or approach might be."
- "In my own iwi setting, our efforts to revitalise this body of knowledge were inspired by a mix of ‘speaking back’ to colonisation—reasserting our identity for example— and the subsequent desire to regain fluency with our culture, our language, our histories and more."
- "We argue that the true potential of Māori communities lies beyond mere participation in a range of pre-existing activities in our nation."
- "Memory (mahara) is not just about knowledge of previous events but also conscious awareness (te hīringa i te mahara—a traditional expression about the awakening of the conscious mind)."
- "There is no particular order, either, to each list."
- "Our ancestors conducted wānanga processes and maintained an institution of higher learning called whare wānanga."
- "My doctoral study concerned these traditional ways of performing which, unfortunately, fell into disuse in the nineteenth century."