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Monthly Archives: September 2015

“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.

Success at the Ngā Kupu Ora Book Awards

I te Rāmere nei i tū ai Ngā Kupu Ora Book Awards, ā kei Te Hua o Te Reo Māori te wini mō te paraihe ReoHe mea ētita tēnei pukapuka e Ahorangi Rāwinia Higgins (he kaiako ia nō Te Tumu i ngā rā o mua) rātou ko Ahorangi Tuarua Poia Rewi (koia te Tīni o Te Tumu ināianei) ko Vincent Olsen-Reeder.

The Ngā Kupu Ora Book Awards were held on Friday.  The Value of the Māori Language: Te Hua o Te Reo Māori, co-edited by former Te Tumu staff member Associate Professor Rāwinia Higgins, current Te Tumu Dean Associate Professor Poia Rewi, and Vincent Olsen-Reeder, took out the Te Reo prize.


Kua riro anō i a Poia Rewi he paraihe mō āna mahi whakaputa pukapuka.

He pukapuka tēnei “that aims to engage and reawaken Māori consciousness on the value of Māori language won the Te Reo prize.  The Value of the Māori Language: Te Hua o Te Reo Māori draws on research from more than 30 contributors about the value of the Māori language and their aspirations for its future direction.” Click here for more details of the awards.

He mihi nunui ki ngā ētita, ki ngā kaituhi hoki o ngā pukapuka i toa, ā, ki ngā pukapuka katoa e whakatairanga ana i te kaupapa o te mātauranga Māori.

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.

MarangaMerata 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.