He Whenua Taurikura promotes and supports research that contributes to understanding, countering and preventing violent extremism.

Our work is grounded in a commitment to research that contributes to social belonging, reflects the nation’s diversity and enhances community safety. The Centre advances research through a range of activities, including direct funding of projects, funding graduate students to undertake research, collaborative partnerships, community engagement and knowledge sharing.

The Centre’s research programme is informed by the following set of objectives:

  • To develop and enhance the breadth, depth and diversity of expertise in preventing and countering violent extremism that:
    • is appropriate to the New Zealand context;
    • is based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundation document; and
    • has Te Ao Māori approaches, human rights and tikanga at its heart.
  • To generate a strong body of evidence-based research on preventing and countering violent extremism that embraces diversity of thought and which can inform New Zealand policy approaches.
  • To support public dialogue and raise public understanding among all New Zealand communities on preventing and countering violent extremism.
  • To build strong partnerships between researchers, civil society and local and central government that enable a collective and collaborative approach to preventing and countering violent extremism.
  • To provide advice that improves government strategic decision-making and that is supported by advice from communities, civil society, local government, researchers and the private sector.