Karena Kelly

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Pukenga/Lecturer Te Kawa a Māui


Teaching in 2019


Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine


PhD, BA/BTeach, GradDipArts


Karena is a pūkenga/lecturer in the reo Māori programme at Te Kawa a Māui. She is an alumna of Victoria having graduated with her PhD in Māori Studies in 2015. Karena is also a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori. Her current research integrates wetereo Māori principles with iwi-based and national language revitalisation initiatives.

Achievements and awards

  • 2004 Victoria Award - most promising undergraduate
  • 2008 Philippa and Morvyn Williams scholarship
  • 2008 Tū Horomata scholarship
  • 2009 Manurere travel award.


Teaching in 2019