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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Te Tumu Seminar

Talofa lava.

Our new Pacific Islands Studies lecturer, Vaivaimalemalo Dr Michael Ligaliga will be presenting Te Tumu’s first Research Seminar for 2019  tomorrow afternoon 3pm, 29th of March. Michael’s topic is Fa’a Samoa: Peacebuilder or Peacebreaker: Understanding the Domestic Violence Problem in Samoa: A Peace and Conflict Perspective.  The seminar will be in Te Paparewa, on the ground floor of Te Tumu, and is open to all interested people.

Click on Seminar Poster- Michael Ligaliga to find out more.  Feel free to distribute to your networks.


Te Tumu academic to keynote at 1869 Conference

A lot was happening in 1869.  For example internationally: Wyoming granted women the right to vote; the Heinz company was founded; the Periodic Table published; and the Suez Canal opened.  In New Zealand, we were in the middle of the Gold Rushes and the New Zealand Wars, and the University of Otago was founded.

Megan Pōtiki

This year the Australasian Victorian Studies Association and the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture are co-hosting a conference of the theme of 1869 here at Otago on 25-29 September. 

One of Te Tumu’s staff members, Megan Pōtiki will be presenting a keynote lecture.  Other keynote speakers include Dr. Helen Pearson (Chief Magazine Editor, of the prestigious periodical Nature which first appeared in 1869) and Professor Marion Thain (of King’s College, London).  Specially invited speakers include novelist, essayist and literary scholar Dr Tina Makereti (Massey University), whose most recent novel, The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke, was long-listed for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards; as well as Lisa Chatfield, producer of the BBC mini-series The Luminaries and its set decorator, Daniel Birt.

If you wish to present at this conference, please see the Call For Papers below.  Topics do not have to be about 1869 exactly, but events and developments from around that time.  This will be an exciting conference that will run alongside heritage festival events.



Mātauranga Māori at Otago

Te Tumu’s Dr Tangiwai Rewi’s research on Māori education features in the latest He Kitenga issue on Mātauranga Māori.  Click here for the full story, as well as other amazing Māori research at the University of Otago.

Tangiwai Rewi: “Now you can once again get an education in te reo Māori, but what a journey the language and our people have been on to get it to this point.”