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He whakamāori i te reo Kariki o neherā

Kia ora koutou.

For those of you into te reo Māori and translation, there is a plenary talk at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies on 31 January that might interest you.  This is a public event!

Associate Professor Simon Perris: Te Iriata and the Iliad: On translating Homer into Māori. 

Friday 31 January 2020, St David Lecture Theatre, 9am.

“This talk concerns a collaborative and creative research project being undertaken by myself and my colleague Dr Karena Kelly (Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University of Wellington). This nascent project is intended to produce a translation of (some of) Homer’s Iliad into te reo Māori – into Te Iriata. As far as we know, this is the first-ever direct translation of a non-biblical ancient Greek text into Māori.

“In this talk, I will introduce the project, describe our working methods, survey some of the challenges Dr Kelly and I have encountered, and address some of the central methodological, linguistic, and other issues at stake; I will also share some specific sections of the work to date, and address more broadly the idea of a classical tradition in Māori translation.​”

See ClassicsConferencePoster for all three public events from this conference.

Colonialism, Race, Print and Intestinal Fortitude

[From Professor Poia Rewi]

On Monday, 29 July 2019, Archway 1 was treated to a powerful inaugural professorial lecture by Professor Lachlan (Lachy) Paterson. Vice Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne, welcomed whānau stretching from Dunedin to the Bay of Islands and Tasmania;  and University of Otago academics and friends to hear some strong messages on subject matter that requires careful navigation and courage.

Professor Poia Rewi introducing the lecture.

Lachy duly acknowledged his whānau, senior leaders and colleagues in Te Tumu and across the wider university. He also made a special ‘shout out’ to client services staff who, as he said, “without them, the University would grind to a halt”.

Being promoted to Professor this year, Lachy, a non-Māori, a self-proclaimed Pākehā New Zealander ensconsed in Māori language texts, Māori-language print culture; the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori social, cultural, political and religious history, courageously and non-hesitantly gave his lecture on these topics; an academic historiography that demonstrated the multifarious nature of his teaching, research and engagement.

Lachy Paterson

His lecture began with discourses from government newspapers published in the mid-1800s,  and the nature of colonial racial discourse, in which Māori identity and culture was portrayed. He then discussed Māori and Pākehā attitudes towards race mixing. He concluded by extending a challenge that ‘we need to be vigilant and challenge any racist ideas that might re-appear today’.

This evocative conclusion rounded off a well-received lecture. His sustained high delivery and performance across research, teaching and community service provided the strong foundation upon which the University of Otago Promotions committee promoted him from Associate Professor to Full Professor in 2019.

After his lecture, attendees were invited by Prof. Tony Ballantyne to the University of Otago Staff Club for refreshments and to reconnect as friends and colleagues and continue conversations on the content they were privileged to hear.

Upon reflection of the lecture, his tuakana Gavin aptly summised, “ If more people took on board what Lachy talked about today, what better place than New Zealand would there be for people to live in harmoniously”.

Click here to view Professor Paterson’s IPL on You Tube.

Lachy Paterson — Inaugural Professorial Lecture


Later this month, at 5.30pm on 29 July, Te Tumu’s newest professor, Lachy Paterson, will deliver his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, in Archway 1 Lecture Theatre. Titled “Colonialism, Race and Print” is looks at some of Lachy’s work with colonial newspapers.

This is a public lecture open to all. This will also be live-streamed (click here for the live-stream link, and more information.)  In due course the lecture will also be uploaded into the University’s YouTube channel.

“How whakapapa saved my life”

KParingatai200pxDr Karyn Paringatai (Ngāti Porou) is perhaps best known for her innovative award-winning teaching pedagogy – teaching in the dark.  But on 10 November, Karyn gave a talk for TEDxDunedin on a much more personal issue, on how learning her whakapapa saved her life.  TEDx talks are about “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Click here to watch the video of Karyn’s talk.

Karyn teaches Māori language and performing arts in Te Tumu.


Waitangi Day Lecture

Te Tumu staff member, Lachy Paterson, will be giving a talk at the Dunedin Public Library on Waitangi Day.  Click here for details.