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.
- "The last section of this essay presents some ideas about what that process, method or approach might be."
- "Worldview, Epistemology Knowledge resides in the body, ‘in bodied’ knowing—authority is built in a person of knowledge as they become a vessel or the embodiment of knowledge."
- "This is an exciting and creative field which proceeds on the view, firmly held, that Māori people represent a net opportunity for New Zealand rather than a national burden."
- "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."
- "Interestingly, though, the second and critical feature is that mātauranga Māori is not solely concerned with ‘the Māori world’ in quite the same way that Māori Studies is primarily concerned with Māori people and culture."
- "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."
- "This foundational idea and belief has been cited and described in numerous texts published throughout world on indigenous worldviews."
- "Rather, we assert that the depth and breadth of this potential can be understood by considering our traditional knowledge, worldviews, experiences, histories and identities and how this may be used to contribute to our nation and the world."
- "From the outset, these institutions were driven to create benefits for the communities that established them."
- "Through human intellect, in all its personal individuality, contingency, and struggle, the world’s evolving thought-content achieves conscious articulation."