Nēpia is of Ngāti Porou and Waikato/Ngāti Maniapoto descent. He currently teaches Aotearao New Zealand History, Māori and Indigenous Histories, Oral History, and Historical Methodology, at the University of Waikato. He is the current chair of Te Pouhere Kōrero, a national Māori historians collective, and is a member of the New Zealand Historical Association Executive Committee. Nēpia is also working on a number of book projects related to Māori legal and political histories, a forthcoming publication on indigenous oral history method and theory, and a history of Indigenous Martial Arts. He has recently returned from a Fulbright Visit with American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois.
I am excited about the opportunity to connect with the NAISA community. NAISA provides an excellent opportunity to network and establish strong relationships with a broad international indigenous group of scholars. As the chair of Te Pouhere Korero I am aware that our national Māori history body has been keen to more formerly build relationships with like-minded indigenous scholars outside of Aotearoa. Some of our members have already been attending NAISA conferences. My hope is to continue to support this growing relationship in any way I can. Nga Manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa.