The month of September - known to many as Mahuru - is a time of regrowth, rebirth and renewal, marking the first phase of summer in the maramataka (Māori Lunar Calendar), and the beginning of spring in the Gregorian calendar. There are many tohu, or signs, associated with Mahuru (September) in Aotearoa - from the flowing of inanga (whitebait) and the tangi of the pīpīwharauroa (call of the Shining cuckoo), to the appearance of spring lambs and garden blooms.
The month of August - Ākuhata - also known as Hereturikōkā or Here o Pipiri - is the time of our maramataka where conditions are optimal for planting and fishing. It is a time for grounding, and to be in close connection with Papatūānuku.
The current national lockdown has grounded most of us, the non-essentials of the motu, in ways that were unanticipated before the previous lockdown. However, the Delta-variant has brought uncertainty and concern—having seen its impact on the international stage.
Matariki - marking the beginning of the Māori New Year - is an opportunity to pause and reflect: to take stock of the year that has been, to remember those that have passed, and to look ahead.
For Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), the past year has been one of upheaval and change as we have all had to come to terms with living and working in a global pandemic.
"Dr Henare was a long-serving member of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga who provided critical research leadership and mentorship in the fields of mātauranga, Māori and Indigenous business enterprise, development economics, history, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We mourn his passing. We acknowledge his contribution. We devote this e-panui to his work and legacy". Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru
This issue is dedicated to our Māori Postgraduates and the Te Kupenga o MAI (MAI) network.
After the many disruptions of 2020, we finally came together, kanohi ki te kanohi, in late April for our much loved annual MAI Doctoral Conference.
Hosted superbly by MAI ki Waikato at the beautiful University of Waikato Tauranga campus, it was a special and empowering gathering.
Over 70 Māori doctoral candidates from MAI networks around the country travelled to share their research including:
On 24th March, Associate Minister of Education (Māori), Hon Kelvin Davis, officially launched NGĀ KETE MĀTAURANGA at Rongomaraeroa in Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand’s national museum.
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"We are thrilled to announce these recent appointments to our Research Leadership Team. These Māori scholars are bringing new depth and inspiration to our team in this year of exciting transition and confirmation of Tertiary Education Commission Centre of Research Excellence status confirmed through to 2028” Co-Director Professor Linda Nikora FRSNZ
Scholars at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga call for a 1988 report to be our blueprint for how we begin to restructure our country in the wake of Covid-19. Written more than three decades ago by Māori for the Department of Social Welfare, Puao-Te-Ata-Tu: Realising the Promise of a New Day recognised that the issues facing Māori resulted from failing systems of state provision underpinned by a broader context of colonisation, racism and structural inequity.