2013 MASS Seminar #1 - Associate Professors Rawinia Higgins and Poia Rewi

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Don’t miss the first seminar in the MASS series. Hear Dr Rawinia Higgins (Victoria University of Wellington) and Dr Poia Rewi (University of Otago) talk about their research project, “Te Kura Roa: The Value of the Māori Language” from 12-1pm on Tuesday 28 May 2013.

Abstract: Understanding what helps people become active users of the Māori language could hold the key to reversing the decline in speaker numbers. That is the focus of Te Kura Roa, a three-year Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga-funded research project to investigate how Māori language contributes to economic development, cultural identity and social cohesion. As project co-leaders, Associate Professor Rawinia Higgins’ research focus is on community responsiveness to the Māori language, while Associate Professor Pōia Rewi is examining state responsiveness. The project also involves an edited book about what has happened to the Māori language over the last 25 years. Overall, the project aims to demonstrate the value of the Māori language to New Zealand as a whole, not just Māori, because raising awareness of and interest in the Māori language helps to build a strong, distinctive national identity.

Venue: You can view this seminar at one of the Access Grid Rooms at the following universities...

University of Auckland - Room 429, Human Sciences Building, 10 Symonds Street, Auckland City.

AUT University - City Campus – Room WO 211, Oracle Tower, 56 Wakefield Street, Auckland City.

University of Waikato - Videoconferencing Room SG.15 (S Block), Gate 1 Knighton Road, Hillcrest Campus, Hamilton.

Victoria University of Wellington - RWW224, Railway West Wing, Pipitea Campus, Wellington.

University of Canterbury - Room 164, Ground Floor, Psychology Building, Canterbury University, Christchurch.

University of Otago - Teaching Facilities, Ground Floor, South West Corner of IS Building, Cnr Cumberland & Albany Sts (NB: The entrance to the building is called West Lane, directly opposite the National Bank).