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Two great seminars on Monday 10 Oct.

Te Tumu Research Committee has TWO great seminars coming up on Monday 10th October.  Everyone is welcome to attend these events.

In the morning, Professor Rangi Mataamua (Ngāi Tūhoe) will present “Ko tātai arorangi hei kaiarataki i te rā: a Māori division of time”.

This presentation will explore a Māori understanding of time, taking into account the movements of celestial bodies, ecological factors local environmental phenomena and our unique cultural beliefs.  The title for this lecture is “Ko tātai arorangi hei kaiarataki i te rā”, meaning the astronomical bodies rule over our daily activities.

This will be held in GS1 (ground floor Te Tumu) starting at 10am.


In the afternoon, Miriama Cribb (Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi) will be “Unpacking some truths of Te Awarenesses Tupua Act 2017)”.  Miriama is a PhD student at Massey University.

In 2017, the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Act was passed, formalising a new way to view, use and understand Te Awa Tupua—the Whanganui River. Five years since its passing and there continues to be a lot more unpacking needed to fully comprehend and understand the Te Awa Tupua Act and the drivers and intentions informing its design. This seminar attempts to unpack some of the truths of the Te Awa Tupua Act by debunking some common misconceptions and reminding ourselves how the act differs from other legislative, political, managerial, social, cultural, and governance arrangements. The reflections shared here have been collated throughout Miriama’s time as a former trustee of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki (the post-settlement governance entity for the Whanganui River), a doctoral student studying the implementation of Te Awa Tupua Act in non-Indigenous organisations, and as a hapū (sub-tribe) member engaged in community affairs at a local level.

This seminar will be at 3-4pm, in blended format: in person in R3S10 (3rd floor of Te Tumu), and on zoom.  Click here to join the zoom.  Password is 126692.



Te Tumu Seminar: Emotions in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa

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Professor Michael Reilly will be presenting a seminar, Emotions in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, at 4pm, on Wednesday 6 July.  Please click on the poster below for more details.

This will be by zoom:

Meeting ID: 993 5182 2516; Passcode: Yf4g5N

Please feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested.

Paerau Warbrick seminar, 28 September

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Paerau Warbrick will be presenting on “The power of Māori MPs and the fall of (Governor) Grey’s Government in 1879” for the Te Tumu Seminar Series at 3pm Wednesday, 29 September. We may be lucky by then and be able to have the seminar in Te Iringa Kōrero, but if not Paerau will present a Zoom seminar.

There are many interesting stories relating to Māori parliamentary politics and elections, about which Paerau is an expert.  His interests in this area span from 1868 when the first Māori members sat in the House right up to the present day; with this seminar looking at the Māori contribution to the fall of the Grey Ministry in 1879.  Click on the poster for the full abstract.

Click here for the Zoom connection. The code, if needed, is 969542.

Te Tumu seminars are open to all interested people; please feel free to attend and to share this post.

Upcoming Te Tumu seminar

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Lachy Paterson‘s seminar, “Periodicals and Proselytising: Māori and religion during the Second World War” was originally scheduled for August, but with the onset of Covid, it has been put off till 3pm Wednesday, 8 September.  If we are permitted (unlikely) it will be on campus in Te Iringa Kōrero (3rd floor of Te Tumu); in the more likely event that we will still be under lockdown conditions, it will be a zoom seminar.

Lachy will be looking at aspects of Māori religious experiences during the Second World War, coming out of research from the Te Hau Kāinga: Māori Home Front, the Marsden-funded research project headed by Angela Wanhalla and him.  Click on the poster for more information.

Click here for the Zoom connection. The code (if needed) is 969542.

Te Tumu seminars are open to all interested people; please feel free to attend and to share this post.



Webinar with leading Māori CEOs.

Do you want to listen to listen to some inspiring Māori leaders?  Join a webinar hosted by Te Tumu’s Dr Tangiwai Rewi and Dr Gianna Leoni, on behalf of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga on Friday, 18 September at 2pm. You will hear the words of wisdom from the following CEOs: Shane Taurima (Māori Television), Larry Parr (Te Māngai Pāho), Ngahiwi Apanui (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori) and Dr Poia Rewi (Te Mātāwai).  Click here for more info and to register.

Poia’s last seminar as Dean of Te Tumu

Professor Poia Rewi will be giving his last ever seminar to Te Tumu as Dean of our School.  Poia has been an inspiring leader of Te Tumu and, as most of you know, we are very sad that he will soon be leaving the university for greener pastures elsewhere.

It would be wonderful if you are able to come along to the seminar; if not, then his talk will also be live-streamed on Te Tumu’s Facebook page.

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Poia Rewi (Ngāti Manawa, Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whare and Tūwharetoa) hails from Murupara in the Bay of Plenty.  He migrated south from Waikato University to Te Tumu, the University of Otago’s School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies in 2003 to help boost our Māori-language teaching programme. He is an acknowledged master of te reo Māori, always teaching the advanced-level language classes.  A noted composer in his own right, he also taught Te Tumu’s advanced kapa haka classes.  Poia completed his PhD in 2005, written completely in te reo Māori.

He has always been popular with students as a teacher and supervisor, as willing to feed their bellies with his soups as their minds with his knowledge.  He became the Dean of Te Tumu and full professor in 2016.

Poia is also a serious and respected researcher, with publications on te reo Māori, language revitalisation, tikanga Māori, Māori oratory and Māori history.  Indeed his thesis, published in 2010 as Whaikōrero: The World of Māori Oratory  by Auckland University Press, went on to win the Best First Book Non-Fiction Award in the 2011 New Zealand Book Awards.

Professor Poia Rewi with DVC (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie at the launch of AKI.

Poia has always been a great innovator and collaborator.  He helped develop AKI, an app to help learn Māori vocabulary with other Otago academics.  He is also part of the team that came up with ZePA (Zero Passive Active), a model to advance the public’s attitudes and engagement with te reo Māori, and to promote Māori-language revitalisation, that is now used by a number of government agencies.  Recently, Poia has worked with academics at Victoria and Auckland as a Co-Principal Investigator of Te Pae Tawhiti: Te Reo Māori, funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, looking at the value of te reo Māori in terms of the economy, cultural identity and social cohesion. This led to The Value of the Māori language: Te Hua o te Reo Māori, published by Huia in 2014, that won the Te Reo Māori category of Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards in 2015.  Poia is currently Deputy Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a position he will reluctantly have to leave behind for his new role in Wellington.

The revitalisation and advancement of te reo Māori have always been Poia’s passions. He was appointed to the board of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) in 2012, and in 2014 was seconded from the university to be their acting Chief Executive.  Poia’s new role, starting next month, is also in a similar field, as Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive) of Te Mātāwai, a government agency created to assist hapū, iwi and communities in the important task of Māori-language revitalisation.

Our loss will be the community’s gain.  Poia has been an amazing example for us in Te Tumu and the University of Otago, as a person who lives and breathes tikanga Māori, as an inspirational teacher, a leader in research, as well as a colleague and friend in the academy.  We will surely miss him.

Seminar: He Matapihi ki te Ao Tuupuna

Te Tumu’s Research Committee is pleased to announce the resumption of its seminar series on Wednesday 20 May 2020, 2-3pm [NZ Time] with Dr Tangiwai Rewi and Taamirangi Sam-Turner presenting.  This research has emerged out of Tangiwai’s PhD, with Taamirangi researching the topic, on how to engage people in conducting their own whānau research, as a summer intern through Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.  For more details, see the Seminar Poster- Rewi & Sam-Turner (1)

Tangiwai Rewi & Taamirangi Sam-Turner

The presentation will be blingual (English and te reo Māori). All interested people are most welcome, including Te Tumu’s postgraduate students.

To attend, click here for the Zoom link; the password is 868657.


First Te Tumu Seminar for 2020

Many people will remember Suzanne Duncan (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri), a former student, and lecturer at Te Tumu.  She left a few years ago to return to her rohe ā-iwi, the Far North, where she works in Kaitaia as Principal Strategist for Te Hiku Media.  Suz will be back in Dunedin next week with the General Manager, Peter-Lucas Jones (Ngāi Takoto, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu); they are presenting the first of Te Tumu’s seminars this year on the amazing work being done at Te Hiku [see abstract below].

Where: Te Paparewa (RGS2 – ground floor of Te Tumu).

When: 3.30pm, Wednesday 4 March.

Te Hiku Media

Abstract: Te Hiku Media is a not-for-profit charitable trust belonging to the five iwi of the Far North, Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāti Kahu and Te Rarawa. Founded as an iwi radio station in 1991, Te Hiku Media has grown as an iwi broadcaster to include regional news, the live streaming of nationally significant events, Māori language archiving and the development of natural language processing tools for the revitalisation of te reo Māori. This seminar will share the journey that has been led by their kaumātua and outline their recently awarded $13 million dollar data science project, Papa Reo.


Te Hau Kāinga

Angela Wanhalla (History) and Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu) will be giving a talk on what’s involved in their new Marsden-funded project, Te Hau Kāinga: Histories and Legacies of the Māori Home Front, 1939-1945 this evening.

This will be in the Seminar Room at the Hocken Collections at 5.30pm, 11 September. Yes – this evening.

In particular, they will be explaining how they intend to reach out to whānau to let them know about the project, and to give them the opportunity to share stories of how their kaumātua or tīpuna coped during the war period.   Students who wish to return home and undertake some whānau research over the summer break should come along and learn about the summer scholarships on offer.  Another highlight will be a sneak preview of the project’s website that will be launched very soon.

Te Tumu Seminar

Dr Melinda Webber (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu) and Kapua O’Connor (Ngāti Kurī) will be presenting the next Te Tumu seminar, looking at  pathways for the success of Māori students from the Tai Tokerau.  Dr Webber, based at the University of Auckland, has been a recipient of Marsden Fast-Start Grant, a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Scholar, and was recently awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society. Kapua O’Connor is also from Auckland where he had been part of Starpath, a pioneering research project focused on equitable outcomes for New Zealand students who have been under-represented in tertiary education.

The seminar, entitled:

Ko ahau tēnei, e tū atu nei
Here I am, standing before you
He uri whakaheke o Te Tai Tokerau
A descendant of the northern tide.

will be in Te Paparewa (Ground Floor, Te Tumu) at 3.30-4.40pm, Wednesday 15 May.  Light refreshments and further discussion will follow on from the formal presentation.

Abstract: Whilst key educational policies stipulate that Māori students must “experience educational success as Māori” few have explained what ‘success’ might look like for Māori from the perspective of specific iwi and/or hapū. Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) has an epic history of powerful leaders who have had a positive impact in the Maori world and beyond. This strengths-based Marsden project, led by Ngāpuhi and Muriwhenua descendants, has identified uniquely Tai Tokerau pathways, identities and perceptions of success. The project celebrates Tai Tokerau distinctiveness, success and history using Te Whare Tapu o Ngāpuhi as the boundaries of the study’s reach.
This presentation will outline the emerging findings of this project, highlighting the ways Tai Tokerau have responded to adversity, change, and challenges over many generations. This project has produced powerful narratives of Māori success, identity and thriving from Tai Tokerau by re-telling narratives of success and thriving that put Tai Tokerau icons (both human and non-human), pūrakau, and mohiotanga (knowledge) at the centre of that conceptualisation. Using narrative and thematic analysis approaches this project has produced accounts that express unique understandings of identity and success through a distinctive Tai Tokerau lens, prioritising Northern whakapapa (genealogy), mātauranga (ways of knowing), māramatanga (deep understanding) and wānanga (debate).