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The MIFAS research group

The Māori Identity and Financial Attitudes Study (MIFAS) is a longitudinal national probability study of Māori identity, financial attitudes and behaviour led by Dr Carla Houkamau.

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The MIFAS research group

MIFAS Research Group
The MIFAS research group responsible for strategic oversight, design and day-to-day maintenance of the study.
Carla Houkamau portrait Aug 2017
Dr Carla Houkamau
Chris Sibley portrait Aug 2017
Professor Chris Sibley
Manuka Henare portrait Aug 2017
Associate Professor Mānuka Hēnare
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Chris Sibley (left), Carla Houkamau (center) and Mānuka Hēnare (right).
MIFAS Research Assistants
  • Correna Matika (Ngāti Kuri, Tainui - Ngāti Wairere), doctoral student, School of Psychology, University of Auckland
  • Logan Hamley, honours student, School of Psychology, University of Auckland
Broader Group of Researchers Invovled with the MIFAS

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Ka nui te mihi a te rōpū o MIFAS ki a koutou katoa i whakawātea i a koutou ki te tautoko mai i tēnei kaupapa. Ka nui te mihi ki a…

The MIFAS team would like to thank all those who have given their time, energy and support to the project – specifically, thanks to… 

  • Hēmi Kelly (Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāo). Hēmi is a Lecturer te reo Māori at Auckland University of Technology. He completed all of the te reo Māori translations for the MIFAS questionnaire and website. Thank you Hemi!
  • Icon Advertising for designing the MIFAS logo. Thank you Russell Dye!


We are also grateful to the funding agencies who have supported this study in the previous five years, including...

  • Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, who supported the MMM-ICE research which gave rise to this study.  
  • The Directors and Steering Committee of Te Whare Kura. This was a thematic research initiative of The University of Auckland to advance research into indigenous knowledges, peoples and identities.  
  • The Royal Society of New Zealand, who awarded the Marsden Fund Grant which allowed us to start the MIFAS. The specific grant was titled, How great can we be? Identity leaders of the Māori economic renaissance (15-UOA-316).