8 Jun 2012
With topics ranging from digital online dictionaries to Māori in video games and revitalisation of Te Reo Māori, it is no wonder an AUT contingent at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference were well received.
The group have finished off whirlwind engagements in New York with the conference in Uncasville Connecticut on June 6 (US time).
Along with Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Māori Development) staff members including Professor John Moorfield and Professor Tania Ka’ai, PhD and Master students also presented papers. Professor Ka’ai presented her paper Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities, which examined Māori academics as a minority group within universities in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Te Ipukarea - The National Māori Language Institute at AUT and how the institute acts as an agent of change.
What AUT presented
With 19 individual presentations and five panel discussions, AUT’s presence at the conference showcased the research from the faculty, Te Ipukarea and the International Centre for Language Revitalisation to international academics. The names and titles of the presentations include:
Dean of Te Ara Poutama, Pare Keiha, who is on the trip, says AUT’s contribution to the three day conference did not go unnoticed.
“With a range of topics and research areas explored during the AUT presentations, we solidified AUT as a frontrunner in a variety of research fields including language revitalisation, all the while engaging with other international academics interested in our journeys.”
The majority of the group return to New Zealand early next week.
For more about the NAISA conference click here