Mr Jonathan Kilgour


Position: Research Scholar
School and/or Centres: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research


Phone: (m) +64 21 955 339


Master of Laws (Honours), University of Waikato, NZMaster of Business Administration (Distinction), University of Waikato, NZ Bachelor of Laws, University of Waikato, NZ Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Waikato, NZ

Jonathan is a PhD candidate at CAEPR, ANU; a research fellow at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and development, a tribal college in New Zealand; a recipient of a Resilient Urban Futures scholarship from the University of Otago, New Zealand; and a Global Ambassador to the International Association of Masters of Business Administration, based in London.

Jonathan has a background in the New Zealand public service, having worked for Statistics New Zealand, the Department of Internal Affairs and Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development). His career has focused primarily on public management, evaluation, monitoring, research, strategy and statistical development. His focus in these roles included both the wider New Zealand public and more specifically Māori, the indigenous peoples of New Zealand. After the public service, Jonathan has provided consultancy services to government agencies and NGOs through his business, Pare Consulting Ltd, and also managed the research programme at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

Jonathan is also involved in tribal governance. He is a trustee on Maraeroa A & B and Te Uranga B2, two Māori organisations in the central North Island of New Zealand.


Thesis topic

Complexity and indigenous development: what can we learn from the intersection of complexity theory and indigenous development?


Dr Nicholas Biddle (Chair, ANU)

Dr John Ryks (National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, Waikato University)

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai (Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development)

Research Interests

Jonathan has a broad range of interests. Key areas of focus include cultural dynamics in law, policy, management and research; indigenous perspectives of wellbeing; the impact of political and economic forces on indigenous and human rights; indigenous political, governance and management structures and practices; urban and traditional dynamics in indigenous development; and collective development strategies in tribal contexts.

Kilgour, J.T., Morgan, A. (forthcoming). Taunakitia Te Marae. Rotorua: Te Arawa Tangata. Kilgour, J.T., Tiakiwai, S., McRae, K.O. (2015). He Whakaoranga Kia Puta Kia Ora [A book of photos showing tribal perspectives of wellbeing and connectedness]. Ngaruawahia: Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development. Kilgour, J.T., Tiakiwai, S., McRae, K.O. (2015). He Whakaoranga Kia Puta Kia Ora [Final report on Waikato-Tainui Perspectives of Wellbeing and Connectedness]. Ngaruawahia: Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development. Kilgour, J.T. & McRae, K.O. (2014). The value of relevant research methodologies for iwi: Community Researchers increasing the relevance and ownership of research in communities. Hui Whakapiripiri Conference, Auckland, 9 July 2014 Broughton, J. R., Person, M., Maipi JTeH, C. T. K. R., Smith-Wilkinson, A., Tiakiwai, S., Kilgour, J.T... & Thomson, W. M. (2014). Ukaipo niho: the place of nurturing for oral health. The New Zealand Dental Journal, 110(1), 18. Broughton, J. R., Maipi, J. T. H., Person, M., Thomson, W. M., Morgaine, K. C., Tiakiwai, S. J., Kilgour, J.T. ... & Jamieson, L. M. (2013). Reducing disease burden and health inequalities arising from chronic disease among indigenous children: an early childhood caries intervention in Aotearoa/New Zealand. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1177. Hicks, B. J., Allan, D. G., Kilgour, J. T., Watene-Rawiri, E. M., Stichbury, G., & Walsh, C. (2013). Fishing activity in the Waikato and Waipa rivers. Environmental Research Institute, The University of Waikato. Davies, L., & Kilgour, J. (2013). 'A Framework Towards Measuring Whānau Rangatiratanga' in The Families Commisssion. Families And Whänau Status Report. Wellington: The Families Commission. Kilgour, J.T. (2013). A Conceptual Frame for Assessing Iwi Economic Potential Through Competitiveness. MBA Major Research Project, The University of Waikato. Kilgour, J. T., Jamieson, L., Cidro, J., Lawrence, H. P., Broughton, J. R., Tiakiwai, S. J. T., ... & Smith-Wilkinson, A. (2012). Community Partnerships As Research Methodology. International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012 Proceedings, 129. Kilgour, J.T. (2000). The Te Ika Whenua Decision as an Obstacle to the Right to Development: A Discussion of the Fossilisation of Māori Rights in New Zealand Law. Te Taarere aa Tawhaki: The University of Waikato College Journal, 1, 197. Kilgour, J. T. (2001). Rights Reductionism, Māori Rights and the New Zealand Common Law: An Essay on Cultural Oppression. Masters of Law Thesis, The University of Waikato.

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