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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).

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.


The Maraea Project: Indigenous Health Solutions

Dr Lisa Chant (Ngāti Whātua, Senior Fellow at Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research) is our guest presenter at the next Te Tumu Seminar, speaking on the Maraea Project and Indigenous-based health solutions.  The seminar will be in Te Iringa Kōrero [3rd floor] of Te Tumu, 3pm on Friday 21 September.  Everyone is welcome.

Sudesh Mishra seminar

Professor Sudesh Mishra

Te Tumu is honoured to be hosting Professor Sudesh Mishra from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, who is in Dunedin for the next six weeks on the Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Fellowship. He is a noted poet and literary critic, but his research is now taking new directions, in particular looking at Indigenous responses to modern ecological crises, such as climate change.

He will be giving a lecture in the Te Tumu Seminar Series at 3pm on 24 August on the Ground Floor of Te Tumu, entitled “On Seeing a Bull’s Skull in a Bicycle Seat: Innovative Archaisms in Oceania.”  More details in the poster below.  Please feel free to come along, and circulate this blog post to anyone who might be interested.

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Te Tumu seminar: Tahu Pōtiki

Tahu Pōtiki

Tahu Pōtiki (Kāi Tahi, Kāti Mamoe) of Ōtākou Marae, former CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRONT), will be presenting the next Te Tumu seminar.

Ka aru tātou i te aha? What are we pursuing, what is the outcome?

Where: R3S10 (on third floor of Te Tumu, University of Otago)

When: 2.00 pm, Wednesday 4 October.


Has the development of the Ngāi Tahu policy framework created a new identity?

Since 1998, Ngāi Tahu has grown demographically, in size and structure. Marae and kāinga have been significantly made-over. The iwi is well known as a successful tribe and business. Tahu Pōtiki has been integrally involved within his iwi, hapū and whānau for his lifetime. In this seminar he will discuss how the Ngāi Tahu policy framework has created a new identity. He will critique key policy initiatives that he was fundamental in instigating.

All interested people are welcome to attend.

Te Tumu Seminar

Me pēhea rā e ngāwari ai te ako reo Māori mō ngā pakeke?  How can we make it easier for adults to learn te reo Māori?  Come and listen to John Birnie talk about his doctoral research.

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Seminar on the Teina Pora conviction

Teina Pora’s conviction is a clear case of injustice, but not unique in New Zealand’s legal history.  Come along to Te Tumu this Tuesday to listen to Tim McKinnel and Michael Bennet talk about how Teina Pora was eventually freed.

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Seminar on the Samoan Elections

Te Tumu Seminar Series

Talofa lava.  Come along to:

“The 2016 Samoan Elections: A Comparative Analysis of Elections in the Pacific Islands Region” (Roundtable Discussion)

Dr. Iati Iati, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics & Dr. Alumita Durutalo, Lecturer, Te Tumu/Maori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies

Friday 11th March, 2016.   2.00pm – 3.00pm

RS8, Level 2, Te Papakori, Te Tumu/Richardson South Building.