“Testing te reo”
Check out Poia Rewi’s research on the revitalization of te reo Māori in this extended article in the latest issue of the Otago Bulletin.
Te Tumu and the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards
Two publications involving Te Tumu staff feature in the “Te Reo Māori” section of this year’s Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards, an annual event that has been honouring excellence in Māori writing since 2009. The 2015 event will be held on Thursday evening, 10 September at Te Marae, Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, with 15 finalists competing in 6 categories.
Rawinia Higgins, Poia Rewi and Vincent Olsen-Reeder, The value of the Māori Language: Te Hua o te Reo Māori (Wellington: Huia, 2014). Associate Professor Poia Rewi is currently the Dean of Te Tumu and Professor Rawinia Higgins, a former Te Tumu staff member (now the Head of Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University), co-edited this volume and co-wrote a chapter on their ZePA model for language revitalization. Also featured are chapters from former Te Tumu staff member, Hana O’Regan, and Katharina Ruckstuhl, a former Te Tumu student and Senior Research Analyst at the Research and Enterprise Office of the University of Otago.
Merata Kawharu, Maranga mai! Te Reo and marae in crisis? (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2014). Associate Professor Merata Kawharu, an adjunct member of Te Tumu, edited this collection from a number of eminent scholars on the state of te reo Māori and the participation of Māori in marae activities.
We wish both Merata and Poia the best of luck in these Awards.
Te Tumu Seminar
Dr. Victoria Mason (School of Politics and International Relations, ANU) will be giving the next Te Tumu seminar on 3pm, Wednesday 9 September in R3S10 (Te Iringa Kōrero, Te Tumu)
Title: ‘Planned misery’: Oslo, aid, and the human rights industry in Palestine
An afternoon tea will follow the seminar.
Abstract: Despite a plethora of human rights initiatives, conflict resolution attempts, and considerable international humanitarian and development funding, the international community has not only been unable to bring about meaningful resolution of the Palestinian question, but has, ironically, compounded the situation facing Palestinians. This paper posits that these failures result from the international community dealing with Palestinian rights in a ritualistic and perfunctory way.
Presenter biography: Dr. Victoria Mason is a Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra. Her research focuses on human rights issues and peace and conflict studies. Within these fields she works on a number of areas including Palestinian human rights, the wider Israel-Palestine conflict, human rights in peace processes, refugees in the Middle East and Islamophobia.