Dr Ella Henry

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 6097

Email: ella.henry@aut.ac.nz


BA, MPhil, PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

Iwi affiliations: Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa


Dr Ella Henry has an academic background in Sociology, Māori Studies and Management Studies.  Dr Henry has been actively involved in research on and advocacy for Māori broadcasting. She is a research leader in the National Science Challenge: Building better homes, towns and cities, and involved with research on Māori leadership and decision-making, and the contribution of Māori business networking to self-determination.

Teaching Areas:


Māori media


Master of Cultural and Creative Practice

Research Areas:

Māori development, Māori entrepreneurship, Māori careers, Māori media and screen production



  • Henry, E., Foley, D. (2018). Indigenous research: ontologies, axiologies, epistemologies and methodologies. In R Bendl, L. Booysen, J. Pringle (Eds.) Handbook of Research methods on diversity management, equality and inclusion at work. London: Edward Elgar (in press).
  • Henry, E., Spiller, C., Newth, J. (2018). Emancipatory Indigenous social innovation: Shifting power through culture and technology. Journal of management and Organization, 23(6), 786-802.
  • Klemm, A., Henry, E., Peredo, A. (Eds.). (2017). Indigenous Aspirations and Rights: The case for responsible business and management. London and New York: Routledge Taylor &Francis Group.
  • Henry, E. (2017). The creative spirit: emancipatory Māori entrepreneurship in screen production in New Zealand. Small Enterprise Research, 24(1): 23-35.
  • Henry, E. (2016). Indigenous Māori Entrepreneurs in Screen Production: Entrepreneurial case analysis. In H. Frederick, A. O’Connor, D. Kuratko (Eds.), Entrepreneurship: theory, practice, process, 4th Edition. Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.
  • Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R. (2015). Relational leadership: an indigenous Māori perspective. Leadership, 0(0), 1-17. Sage Publications. DOI: 10.1177/1742715015616282.
  • Henry, E. (2015). Te Whare Ako: architecture speaks to heart, mind and spirit. In C. Spiller, R. Wolfgramm (Eds.), Indigenous spiritualities at work: transforming the spirit of business enterprise. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Wolfgramm, R., Henry, E. (2015). Wahine Toa: Māori women leaders in the film and screen industry. In F. Wambaru Ngunjiri, S. Madsen & K. Lomgman (Eds.), Women and Leadership Around the World. Charlotte, NC:Information Age Publishing.
  • Henry, E., Spooner, H. (2014). The Brown Book: Māori in screen production, a case study. Journal of Creative Technologies (MINA Special Issue), 4: 44-64. Retrieved from: https://ctechjournal.aut.ac.nz/paper/brown-book-maori-screen-production/
  • Henry, E., & Wikaire, M. (2013). The Brown Book - Maori in Screen Production. Auckland: Nga Aho Whakaari.
  • Henry, E. (2013). Emancipatory Maori Entrepreneurship in Screen Production: Theory and application. In Eigth European Conference on Innvoation and EntrepreneurshipProceedings (pp. 296-302). Brussels, Belgium.
  • Henry, E. (2012). Indigenous entrepreneurship in screen production: a Maori case study. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 15(4), 98-101.
  • Henry, E. (2012). Wairua Auaha: emancipatory Māori entrepreneurship in screen production. Unpublished PhD thesis-exegesis, Auckland University of Technology, in AUT Scholarly Commons at: http://hdl.handle.net/10292/4085

Papers & Presentations

  • Henry, E. (2018). Kaupapa Māori: An Indigenous research perspective. Nā Te Kore 2nd Biennial International Indigenous Design Forum, Ngā Aho: Māori in Design, Tuahiwi Marae, Christchurch, March 2-5;
  • Henry, E. (2018). The emancipatory potential of Māori entrepreneurship. Global Conference on Indigenizing Entrepreneurship, Algonquin College, Ottawa, June 3-5;
  • Henry, E. (2018). Operationalising Vision Mātauranga and Kaupapa Māori Research in a National Science Challenge. Gender, Work & Organization Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, June 13-16;
  • Henry, E. (2017). Rangahau Māori (Māori Research): An Indigenous Perspective. Paper presented at the International Social Innovation Research Conference, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Dec 12-14.
  • Henry, E., Menzies, D., Whaanga-Schollum, D., Wilson, C., Tukua, L., Paul, J. (2017). Māori Science and National Science: a ‘marriage made in heavan’ or ‘unholy alliance’? Presentation to the National Science Challenge’ Building Better Homes Towns & Cities (BBHTC) Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua Māori Research Symposium, BRANZ, Wellington, 14th August.
  • Henry, E., McFarlane, A. (2017). Vision Mātauranga BBHTC. Presentation to the National Science Challenge’ Building Better Homes Towns & Cities (BBHTC) National Conference, BRANZ, Christchurch, 5th-6th September.
  • Henry, E. (2017). Kaupapa Māori Values Contributing to Social Enterprise. Panel presentation, Social Enterprise World Forum, Christchurch, 28th September.
  • Henry, E. (2017). The interface of spirituality and sustainability: self-transcendence and interconnectedness. Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia. AOM Proceedings 2017:1 14321; doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2017.14321symposium.
  • Henry, E., McNeill, H. (2017). Post-settlement governance entities, at the interface of Indigenous development I New Zealand. Academy of management, Atlanta, Georgia. AOM Proceedings 2017:1 13102; doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2017.13102abstract.
  • Henry, E., Dana, L-P. (2016). Social and cultural capital: enhancing emancipatory Indigenous entrepreneurship. Academy of Management, Los Angeles, California. AOM Proceedings 2016:1 14414; doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2016.14414abstract.
  • Henry, E., Keiha, P., Smith, V., Sheehan. M. (2016). Whakamana Ngā Kairangahau: developing Māori researcher scholarship. Panel Presentation, International Indigenous Research Conference, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, University of Auckland, 15-28 November.
  • Wolfgramm, R., Spiller, C., Tapsell, P., Henry, E., Pouwhare, R., Reid, N. (2016). Whai Rawa: promoting effective Māori leadership and decision-making. Panel Presentation, International Indigenous Research Conference, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, University of Auckland, 15-28 November.
  • Henry, E. (2016). Building on the legacy of early Māori film-makers. ‘Our Own Image: The legacies of Māori film-making in Aotearoa Symposium’, organized by Whāriki research Unit, Massey University, University of Leeds, and Arts & Humanities Research Council UK, 31st March – 1st April, Unitec Institute of Technology. Auckland.
  • Henry, E. (2015). Reconceptualising relational leadership from a Māori cultural perspective. Australian Indigenous Leadership & Entrepreneurship Cluster, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia, 29th October.
  • Henry, E. (2015). Cultural nuances and creativity. NETPAC@25 Symposium, Hawai’i International Film Festival, Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawai’i, 21st November.
  • Wolfgramm, R., Henry, E. (2015). Reconceptualising relational leadership from a Māori cultural perspective. Paper presented at International Labour Association (ILA) 17th Annual Global Conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 14-17.
  • Henry, E., Pringle, J., Jones, D., Wolfgramm, R. (2015). Indigenous identity and career construction: Māori in the screen industry. Paper presented in Careers: multi-level issues in theory, methodology and empirical research. European Group for Organizational Studies Conference, Athens, Greece, July 2-4.
  • Henry, E. (2015). Case study: Grounding of the MV Rena. Indigenous perspectives on the UN Declaration and the PRME, Professional Development Workshop (PDW) at the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, August 7.
  • Henry, E. (2015). Māori Indigenous Education at AUT. Indigenous Management & the Management Academy, Professional Development Workshop (PDW), Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, August 11.
  • Henry, E., Koziol-Repia, J., & Howard, R. (2014). Te Ara Poutama: Indigenous Māori media education and application. Proceedings of the 4th Mobile Creativity & Mobile Innovation Symposium 2014, p. 20.
  • Henry, E. (2015). The Māori SME: a pathway to tino rangatiratanga (self-determination). Keynote speaker at the 27th Annual SEAANZ Conference, Sydney, Australia: 17-18 July.
  • Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R. (2014). Māori cultural dynamics at work in the creative industries. Conference paper, British Academy of Management, Belfast.
  • Henry, E. (2013). Emancipatory Māori entrepreneurship in screen production. European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Hogeschool-Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 20th
  • Henry, E. (2013). Māori Screen Development. Presentation for the Commonwealth Foundation Pacific Voices Symposium, AUT, February 27th.
  • Henry, E., Wolfgramm, R. (2012). Māori Screen Industry Careers. Marsden funded research project, ‘Glamour & Grind’ Working Paper, Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, December 6th.
  • Henry, E. (2012). Indigenous Media Aspirations in the Digital Age. Keynote presentation at the First Australians Media National Conference, Australian Indigenous Communications Association, Rydges Hotel, South Brisbane, 22nd October.