Professor of Māori Innovation and Development
Professor John Moorfield readily admits his passion for the Māori language, and says he is constantly learning more about it.
He cannot yet name all 60 Māori words for flax, but knows they exist, thanks, in part, to what Professor Moorfield is arguably best known for, his series of books, dictionaries and online tools, Te Whanake.
He has produced four Māori learning textbooks some with CDs, three study guides and his dictionary is on the third edition.
From the beginning, after gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Māori Studies at the University of Auckland, he has constantly worked with the language, whether that be in a teaching or researching role.
Since coming to work at AUT University Professor Moorfield has made an impact in Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute and more recently the International Centre for Language Revitalisation.
Professor Moorfield has travelled the globe with his research and claims one trip, when he visited 10 locations in 24 days and had 34 meetings was a wee bit hectic. However this work also means he has travelled to places and met a range of people not unlike himself, looking to learn and do more for a native language.
This work has been recognised nationally too; in 2010 Professor Moorfield was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO) for his services to Māori language education. He is a specialist in Māori language, literature and culture, including teaching Māori as a second language.
Professor John Moorfield's extended academic profile