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Tahu Kukutai (Ngāti Tiipa, Ngāti Kinohaku, Te Aupōuri) is Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, The University of Waikato.
Tahu specialises in Māori and Indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on issues of Māori population change, Māori identity, wellbeing and official statistics.
Tahu is a founding member of the Māori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga (https://www.temanararaunga.maori.nz) that advocates for Māori rights and interests in data. She is also Co-Chair of the Research Data Alliance International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group and co-edited (with John Taylor) Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda (free download: https://press.anu.edu.au). Tahu has undertaken research with and for numerous iwi (tribes), Māori communities, and Government agencies, and provided strategic advice across a range of sectors. Recently she was appointed to the Census 2018 External Data Quality Panel and the Child Wellbeing Strategy Reference Group that is informing the development of the New Zealand Government’s first child wellbeing strategy. Tahu has degrees in History, Demography and Sociology from the University of Waikato and Stanford University. She was previously a journalist.