Professor Tania Ka‘ai has worked in tertiary education for over 20 years. As an Indigenous scholar Professor Ka‘ai uses the cultural values transmitted to her by her elders and mentors as an epistemological framework which informs her own academic writing and teaching (including supervision) within the university academy.
Her work as Director of Te Ipukarea and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura, provides an opportunity to share her knowledge not only with students and staff at AUT and others nationally, but internationally too.
Professor Ka‘ai’s work with endangered and minority languages has taken her around the globe to showcase the research being undertaken within the Institute and the Centre.
Tania teaches in Indigenous research methodologies and her research focuses on language revitalisation strategies and in particular Māori and Pacific languages, Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies, and Māori education