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Monthly Archives: May 2015

New PhD Scholarship opportunity

PhD Scholarship on Peace Traditions in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Applications are now being sought for a one-off 3-year PhD scholarship to investigate Indigenous peace traditions in early New Zealand. The scholarship, funded under the Marsden Research Project, “A New Politics of Peace? Investigations in Contemporary Pacifism and Non-violence”, provides a NZD$25,000 annual stipend and covers tuition fees for a period of three years. The successful applicant will be based within the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago, New Zealand, and supervised by Professor Richard Jackson (NCPACS), Professor Murray Rae (Theology) and Dr Michael Stevens (History).

Research Proposals which explore the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • The influence of Christianity in the emergence of Māori nonviolent resistance traditions;
  • The subjugation of Māori peace traditions by settler society in nineteenth-century New Zealand;
  • The instances and causes of Māori groups avoiding conflict during the New Zealand Wars;
  • Māori resistance to conscription during World War One.

If you are interested, contact Professor Richard Jackson of NCPACS for details.  Application deadline: Friday 3 July, 2015.


A Public Theology Response to Domestic Violence in Samoa

Dr Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko will be giving the next Te Tumu seminar: “A Public Theology Response to Domestic Violence in Samoa”.  All interested people are welcome.

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Research Success for Te Tumu Staff

The New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, has been refunded for 2016-2020 .  Although Ngā Pae is hosted through University of Auckland, it has now been organised in conjunction with other institutions.  One of the new co-directors is Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru from Law Faculty at the University of Otago.  At Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigneous Studies we are proud that four of our staff members are among the confirmed Principle Investigators, Research: Professor Paul Tapsell, Associate Professor Poia Rewi, Associate Professor Merata Kawharu, and Dr Lyn Carter.

Dr Lyn Carter has also been asked to develop a research project for the National Science Challenge, Bio-Heritage Theme.  The project is entitled ‘Implementing Vision Matauranga across Tippping Points research programmes’.  Dr Carter will work with a PhD student and Iwi/hapu to develop a mātauranga Māori model for ecosystem sustainability.


Attitudes of NZ youth to Māori-language revitalization

What do young people think about the future of te reo Māori?

Nathan Albury is undertaking research on “folk linguistics”, that is, what do ordinary people think about language use.  Nathan was formerly here at Te Tumu, but is now close to completing his PhD at the University of Oslo on folk linguistics relating to the revitalization of te reo Māori in New Zealand, and the Saami language in Norway.  Te Tumu’s Dr Lyn Carter remains as one of his supervisors.

Nathan has recently written a short pamphlet with some of his findings relating to te reo Māori.  He has circulated it to government departments and political parties.  In particular he has had a good response from Education Minister Hon. Hekia Parata, and from the Green Party.  Click on the link to read Nathan’s pamphlet.Tō Tātou Reo