Te Raina Gunn
PhD Candidate


Te Raina Gunn (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Kahungunu) is a PhD candidate at Te Rōpū Whāriki. Te Raina’s doctoral study explores aspects of wairua and investigate how those dimensions cohere with affect, emotions and feelings evoked by national commemoration days. While there is a strong sense that wairua is ‘in everything’ it is rarely central to research approaches. In the community there are aspects of wairua that few are privileged to see, feel, hear or touch and, for some people, spiritual and material aspects of wairua weave in and out of everyday life.  However, for many Māori, living in a western society has largely determined what is considered reality, meaning that such experiences are discounted, marginalised and often obscured from view. Guided by Kaupapa Māori methodologies, Te Raina is using a range of qualitative methods including haerenga kitea (a form of go along interviewing), focus group and individual interviews to explore and ground her research in lived experiences. Analyses will be aimed at engaging with conceptualising and theorising the roles of wairua and affect in research practice, particularly in relation to national days.