"Ka Tangi te Pīpīwharauroa, Ko te Karere a Mahuru"

The whakataukī - Ka tangi te pīpīwharauroa, ko te karere a Mahuru - speaks to how the pīpīwharauroa’s call signals that spring has commenced and also conveniently provides an analogy that seems appropriate to the current state of te reo Māori. 

It not only invites a consideration of the relationship between the pīpīwharauroa and Mahuru, but also for me, how the notion of ‘tangi’ might be thought to echo in the struggle for Māori language revitalisation. 

Taunakitia Te Marae: Marae as Centres of Excellence - a Te Arawa Perspective

Aneta Morgan (Te Arawa) describes the results of their research project, Taunakitia Te Marae: Marae as Centres of Excellence - a Te Arawa Perspective, the aimof which was to identify and share best practice and aspirations in marae development across Te Arawa marae.

The research, conducted through multiple hui across the rohe, identified three key areas of need that would ensure that marae could be centres of excellence for their people. 

• Rangatahi engagement
• Succession planning
• Te Reo Māori

Te Hiringa o te Tangata

Te Rau Tītapu is an ongoing wānanga project based in and around in the Waipoua Forest Community. It was initiated in late 2011 to study wānanga – as a process not an institution – with the purpose of creating models of 'ideal' wānanga for implementation by iwi communities not just in Te Tai Tokerau, but around the country. 

Māori Engagement in NZ’s Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions

In the third of our Horizons of Insight seminars for 2015, Andrew Erueti from the University of Auckland will be talking about his research project: Māori Engagement in NZ’s Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions

In recent years New Zealand has seen a sharp increase in Extractive Industry (oil, gas and mining) projects. The New Zealand government is strongly supportive of investment in the extractives sector and recently adopted a new code to manage industry in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Mission Impossible? - Returning the Mauri of the ecosystem to its pre-Rena state

An Environment Court hearing is imminent that will consider an application to leave the remnants of the MV Rena on the tupuna Otaiti (Astrolabe Reef). 

This seminar describes the contribution that the Mauri model has made to better understanding the complexity of New Zealand's worst environmental disaster.

Demonstrating the significant contribution that can be made from scientific studies grounded in mātauranga Māori, Te Arawa Takutai Moana focused the nation's response with the goal of restoring the mauri of the environment to its pre-Rena state. 

Te Kura Roa-Waiaro

There are multiple Government funded initiatives aimed at addressing Māori language decline, including increasing the amount of Māori Language spoken, maintenance and quality. Te Puni Kokiri (2006 Health of the Māori Language Report) touched on the attitudes of wider New Zealand society towards the Māori language as unengaging and unlikely to change in the immediate future (p.7). Te Kura Roa-Waiaro proposes to examine the attitude of Government (National and Local) policy in an attempt to gauge how responsive the state (NZ) is to the Māori language.