M I N D S – B L O G


Friday, November 9th, 2012 | Lachlan Paterson | No Comments

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.

If you want emails alerting you to new posts, subscribe to the blog – on the top right-hand side.

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

Xmas and New Years matters

Sunday, December 15th, 2013 | Paerau Warbrick | Comments Off

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!


New MIndS Programme Coordinator from 1 November, 2013.

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

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.

New book on Māori and the Media

Friday, October 18th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

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.

Returns by James Clifford

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

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.

Ngā Pae of te Māramatanga

Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

Kia ora koutou.

This has just come in from Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.  Please have a look if anything might suit you, and bring to the attention of anyone you think might be interested.


We here at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga are very pleased to highlight all the latest grants and awards that are available to support our indigenous scholars! Make sure you take note of the closing dates to ensure you do not miss deadlines – there are three grants available; Summer Internships; Fulbright NZ Senior Scholar; and Research Methods and Skills Scholarships. See below for details.


Summer internship programme 2013-14

The programme is intended for Māori and indigenous students interested in advancing their skills and capacity in indigenous development research. There are 10 internships available with a wide range of projects to select from. Applicants can be upper level undergraduates, postgraduates or enrolled in a Master’s programme but cannot be enrolled in a PhD programme or already have a PhD. For more details visit http://www.maramatanga.ac.nz/funding-opportunity/internships


Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Call for applications to the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award. This award, valued at up to US$37,500, is for a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to conduct research and/or lecture in the US for three to five months in a field of indigenous development.


Applications for this award close at 5:00pm on Tuesday 1 October 2013*

See www.fulbright.org.nz/awards/nzscholar/fulbright-npmscholar or contact Janey Walker at Fulbright New Zealand for further information –janey@fulbright.org.nz / (04) 494 1500.


NZSSN Research Methods and Skills Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for our Research Methods and Skills Scholarships via the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN) summer programme 2013. Up to 10 scholarships are offered to our researchers and tertiary students (undergraduate with the required prerequisites or postgraduate) in our Participating Research Entities to attend any of the short courses offered.


To read more and apply, see http://www.maramatanga.ac.nz/funding-opportunity/nga-pae-o-te-maramatanga-research-methods-and-skills-scholarships-2012-nzssn-sum For more details on the courses offered visit www.nzssn.org.nz/2013-november-programme

Applications must be received no later than Monday 7 October at 12 noon


Ngā mihi nui,


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence


New Paper available for Semester 1 next year

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

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.

Postgraduate Information Day

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

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.

Te Whakapōtaetanga

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | Comments Off

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.

University of Otago’s Pacific Strategic Framework

Friday, August 9th, 2013 | Lachlan Paterson | No Comments

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…


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