Marilyn McPherson (Te Rārawa, Te Aupouri) is a senior research fellow whose role is to conduct research that is relevant to the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Research Plan and to assist in the academic monitoring and evaluation of its research. Between 2004–11, Marilyn was research–programme leader at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. As the programme leader she developed the annual contestable research round for mid-career and senior researchers. More than sixty principal investigators and their research teams have carried out excellent research across a range of broad themes. The fifteen writing retreats organised by Marilyn have provided a balanced opportunity for presenting research ideas to a broad range of audiences from local to international contexts.