Of Ngati Apa, Ngati Kahungunu, Kai Tahu and Ngati Porou tribal descent and the current CEO/ Vice Chancellor of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi: indigenous-university, distinguished professor Grahma Hingangaroa Smith has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern British Colombia.

Smith is a key contributor to the development of what he calls the “25-year Maori educational revolution.” This period of alternative educational strategy development by Maori communities was energized by Smith’s commitment to enact his theories rather than just describe them.

He was chosen by the faculty, students and community for his contribution to indigenous education.