Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Charitable Trust hosted Associate Professor Dr Ross Hoffman and his wife Nan, from the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, Canada on 12 March 2018. Ross co-ordinates the Cross Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange (CCIKE) programme at the University of British Columbia. This programme is where indigenous students or students studying indigenous studies have come to Whakatane for experience in working with Māori community organisations. Te Puna Ora o Mataatua has hosted Mia Pupic (Medical student); Shannon Williams (Community governance and local government politics), and Barbara Armstrong (Nurse and Masters student) over the past three years.
Ross completed his Ph.D. in Native Studies at Trent University. He began his studies in the discipline of Native Studies at Trent University, completing his B.A. in the mid 1970's. He earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Victoria. His broad research interests include studying the relationship between cultural renewal, identity, and health and wellness. This interdisciplinary research has included extensive work in the oral tradition with Elders and other knowledge holders. While visiting with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua staff he had in-depth discussions around our kuia and kaumatua programmes, mama and pepi services, the whānau ora team, and learned about some of the research activities we are currently involved with.