Dr Leonie Pihama is a busy mother of six children who has been actively involved in Te Kōhanga Reo, Puna Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. Leonie holds a B.A. in Māori and Education, a Master of Arts (Hons) in Education and a PhD in Education.
Leonie has been a member of the Māori Education Team at the University of Auckland and Director of The International Research Institute for Māori and Indigenous Education (IRI) for four years. She has led a wide range of research projects across education, justice, health, whānau violence, corrections and whānau experiences of neonatal infant care units.
Leonie has also been principal investigator on a range of HRC and HRC/FoRST funded projects, in particular two Taranaki based projects on rongoā Māori and exploring intergenerational violence with iwi within Taranaki. She has been recipient of the Hohua Tutengaehe Fellowship and the Vice Chancellors Development Fund Award at the University of Auckland.
Leonie was the inaugural recipient of the Fulbright/Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga Senior Scholar Award (2011), hosted by the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Leonie manages an independent Kaupapa Māori research company Māori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd., holds a part-time Associate Professorship at the University of Auckland and is a Senior Research Fellow at Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato.