Kia ora, Kia orana, Bula vinaka, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri, Aloha. Welcome to the Master of Indigenous Studies blog. This blog is not just for providing information for current and prospective students, but will also provide news and success stories for former students, and anyone else interested in our programme.
Feel free to look at the posts. There is some info on the programme in the “Pages” on the left-hand side. More can be found at the MIndS website.
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The comments option has been removed (due to an absolute avalanche of spam) but if you have any news to share, please email it to paerau.warbrick[at]otago.ac.nz
Kia ora Koutou, The University of Otago is starting to shut down for the Xmas period. Te Tumu is still accepting applications for the MIndS programme. So if you are interesting go to the University of Otago website and start the enrolment process
There will be very limited staff available to answer questions during the next three weeks as it is the Xmas period in New Zealand. From the 6-17 January 2014 there will also be a limited amount of staff around the School, but by the 20 January 2014 the School would be fully operational for the academic year.
On behalf of everyone at the University of Otago, we wish everyone a safe and Merry Xmas and a wonderful start to the New Year!
After three years in the role, I will be stepping down from the Programme Coordinator position for MIndS, and will be undertaking other roles within Te Tumu. The new PC will be Dr Paerau Warbrick, pictured below.
Check out Paerau’s webpage.
Paerau will be available to answer queries about the academic side of the course from 1 November: Robyn Russell will still be handling administrative matters, such as applications and enrolling. It’s been a great three years for me, a lot of work, but also very rewarding. The best of luck to the new Programme Coordinator.
A new book, The Fourth Eye: Māori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand, has just been published by the University of Minnesota. The editors are Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas. Vijay works at Otago in Film and Media Studies: Brendan is the Dean of the Native Studies Faculty of the University of Alberta in Canada, but before that was here at Te Tumu, and was the MIndS Programme Coordinator. Not only are there chapters by Brendan in the book, but also by Te Tumu staff Suzanne Duncan and Lachy Paterson.
More details at publisher’s website.
I have just been informed about a couple of scholarships of $5000 each from the Otago Museum that may be of interest to some MIndS students who are interested in the Museum’s collections.
The Otago Museum Taoka Maori Scholarship
Otago Museum Humanities Scholarship
James Clifford has recently published a new book Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century, which may be of interest to MIndS students. More details here.
Kia ora koutou.
A new paper, EDUX433 Living Indigenous Educational Leadership, will be offered next year in Semester 1. This is a distance paper offered by the College of Education, with Dr Paul Whitinui as the lecturer. Although the paper does have some prerequistes in Education (as does EDUX444) Dr Whitinui has indicated that he is prepared to waive these for MIndS students. More details in “2014 Distance Papers” on the left hand side.
Anyone who will be in Dunedin on Tuesday (20 August) and interested in postgraduate study at Otago should come along to the “Link” (next to the University Library) for the Postgraduate Information Day. Lots of departments will have booths and people there to talk about their programmes. Te Tumu will be there, so come along and here about DipGrad, PGDipArts, MA, PhD – and MIndS. See ODT article about this event.
Matiu Payne and his whānau just before the Māori Pre-graduation Ceremony
Matiu Payne will be graduating with his MIndS degree today at the Dunedin Town Hall, along with hundreds of other graduands in a number of different degrees. The whole ceremony is quite traditional in style, and each graduand gets just a few seconds each as they walk across the stage to get their degree certificate. Because of this, both the Pacific Islands Centre and the Maori Centre hold their own Pre-graduation Ceremonies where the university can honour their Māori and Pacific students, and give them (and whānau) time and space to talk about their university experience, and what it means for the whānau. Matiu completed his MIndS as a distance student, so as his INGX590 supervisor, it was a great opportunity to meet him kanohi-ki-kanohi for the first time. Matiu is now looking at undertaking PhD study. Kia ora, e hoa. He akonga pai rawa atu koe, ā, he reka tāu kōrero ki te huihuinga nei.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
The University’s Pacific Strategic Framework (2013-2020) was launched with a celebration today.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Vernon Squire says the Framework is the University’s realisation of a commitment made in its Charter to meeting the needs of Pacific Peoples. Read more…