Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies

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Amber Aranui

BA Victoria, MA Auckland

Amber Aranui at Te Papa"Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei."

Amber is currently in the first year of her PhD research that will examine the issues relating to the repatriation and 'scientific research' of Māori and Moriori ancestral remains. "The thesis will examine these issues from Māori and Moriori perspectives. These perspectives have not been studied in detail before so the research will address an important gap in the scholarship on repatriation, especially considering the ethical issues associated with the treatment of the dead." Amber has a background in Archaeology (MA) and Anthropology (BA) and is currently the researcher for the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme based at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It is her work in this programme that stimulated her desire to engage in PhD research on this topic. Amber hopes that the research will contribute to the wider knowledge of repatriation and that it will aid in the facilitation of relationships between the scientific community and iwi.

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Ewan Pohe

DipHort Massey, BA, LLB, MIM Victoria

Ewan Pohe

"Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei."
"To achieve your major objective, come what may, you must persevere."

Ewan was 25 when he started his first university qualification, a Diploma in Horticulture. As with many Māori, no-one in his whānau had been to university before, and although he had plenty of work experience, he had limited study skills. Ewan came to Victoria, graduating with a BA and LLB. After travelling abroad and establishing a successful business career Ewan then returned to Victoria to complete a Master of Information Management, before moving on to a PhD in Māori Studies.

Inspired by his experiences as an avid learner and now teacher of te reo Māori, the topic of his PhD thesis was Māori language revitilisation. Ewan credits the supportive whānau environment that Te Herenga Waka Marae and Te Kawa a Māui provided to overcoming the challenges of writing the PhD thesis.

Kāinga te miro o te rākau mātauranga ā nā tātou, nā te iwi Māori te Ao—For Māori, a consummate education is the gateway to our future opportunities.

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Te Wehi Wright

Current BA/LLB student

Te Wehi Wright"Maintaining a good work-life balance is important and contributes to the successful completion of studies."

I am currently enrolled in a conjoint BA/LLB degree in Te Reo Māori and Law. I am under no illusion that the path to completing them successfully will be easy. What has helped tremendously so far is having the support of the many friends I have made at university as well as the staff who have the same passion as me for their respective interests. Te Herenga Waka Marae has also been a good place to base myself. They provide study facilities, free tea and coffee and cheap lunches for us in a Māori-friendly environment.

I love MAOR 322 because I grew up speaking Te Reo and am now exploring the technical aspects of language, which is like maths with words.

"He ao te rangi ka ūhia, ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere."
"When the sky covers over with clouds, the feathers of a bird can soar through them." (Māori proverb)

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