Exploring the Role of a Māori Kin Insider Researcher’s Positionality

A Perspective

  • Rochelle MacKintosh Ngati Porou, Nga Puhi
Keywords: Whakapapa research methodology, Māori kin insider researcher, Māori kin included researcher, positionality, reflexivity, social boundary theory, kin accountability


This paper aims to shed light on my positionality in my doctoral research by exploring some of the advantages and challenges faced as a Māori kin insider researcher conducting research in my own kin community of Te Araroa. It highlights my chosen positionality and the role that whakapapa research methodology and kinship can play in a Māori kin community study. This is my journey as a Māori kin insider researcher, and I acknowledge that my experiences may differ from those of other Māori kin insider researchers. The complexities surrounding my positionality are explained by drawing on critical themes such as kin included researcher, kin accountability, social boundary theory and reflexivity. For other Māori kin insider researchers and indigenous researchers working within their own kin community, I hope this paper will offer helpful information to understand some of these complexities.


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MacKintosh, R. (2024). Exploring the Role of a Māori Kin Insider Researcher’s Positionality: A Perspective . Te Kaharoa, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.24135/tekaharoa.v17i1.473