One of New Zealand’s best-selling and most-respected historians, Professor Paul Moon, was last night acknowledged for his contributions as a researcher, academic and teacher. The AUT Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the university’s community. Professor Moon was awarded the top accolade - the AUT University Medal - for sustained and exceptional academic achievement.
To be recommended for a Victoria Cross for bravery is an achievement reserved for few but to never have been awarded it, even after extraordinary documented bravery, is a mystery that AUT’s Professor Paul Moon has solved in his latest book about Lance Sergeant Haane Manahi.
The fledgling authors of three short stories – featuring a trip to the moon, a dream come true and the confronting realities of life – took top honours at this year’s He Huatau Auaha Te Reo Māori Creative Writing Competition.
Dr Paul Moon, Professor of History at Te Ara Poutama – AUT’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development – says that a recent failed court action to ban Bible lessons from schools will not be the last attempt to remove religious instruction from the country’s state schools - and it puts karakia under threat as well.
Hei tērā wiki puta mai ai tētahi pukapuka hou e titiro ana ki te whakahemohemotanga o te reo Māori i te rautau 19, ka kitea iho e ōna kaipānui te whakamārama mō ngā tini āhuatanga i tata ngaro ai i te mata o te arero te reo taketake o Aotearoa.
Kua tuwhera ngā kūaha o te whakataetae tuhi kōrero poto e kīia ana ko He Huatau Auaha. Kua puta te karanga ki ngā tamariki me ngā rangatahi ki te whakaputa i ō rātou whakaaro ki roto tonu i te reo Māori, he kaupapa i whakaarahia ake hei whakapakari i te reo Māori i waenganui i tēnei hunga, puta noa i Aotearoa.
A memorial scholarship to remember former 2degrees CEO Eric Hertz, and his wife Kathy Hertz, has led to a life changing overseas exchange experience for AUT Bachelor of Business students Jessica Hibbert and Cambell Te-Paa.
AUT’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development - Te Ara Poutama – has expanded its te reo Māori offering at the AUT South Campus in Manukau for 2016.
Along with the Introduction to Conversational Māori classes held during the summer school period and in semester two, the Te KākanoMāori Language 1 and 2 classes are open to anyone wanting to pick up basic oral and written proficiency of the language.
A team of language experts from Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), are conducting a usage survey of Te Aka, the online Māori-English Dictionary and Index, in a bid to better understand how the Māori language is valued, by whom, and what the socio-cultural motivations for second language acquisition are.
The last 30 years has seen a big push to create a critical mass of new speakers of te reo Māori, but that’s not enough, says Dr Dean Mahuta, a te reo Māori language expert in AUT’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development – Te Ara Poutama. We need to extend this knowledge into our digital spaces.
We know that the history of New Zealand dates back to at least 700 years, when it was discovered and settled by Polynesian peoples. And we know that in 1642, the first European explorer, Abel Tasman, sighted New Zealand.
Distinguished linguist Professor Emeritus Bernard Spolsky hailed the Māori language regeneration as a model of language management at a public lecture hosted by AUT University’s Te Ipukarea and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura, the International Centre for Language Revitalisation.
The need for support from the ‘critical mass’ to realise full indigenous language revitalisation, was a key point raised at a recent cultural summit organised by AUT University’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development/Te Ara Poutama and Te Ipukarea, AUT’s National Māori Language Institute.
Māori language learners will benefit from more affordable and increased digital learning support thanks to the further development of AUT University’s Te Whanake app series for Apple iPads and Android tablets.
History lovers who are blind or have low vision will have another book to add to their list with the introduction of AUT University Professor Paul Moon’s book, The Voyagers, to the Blind Foundation’s braille library this month.
This year’s He Huatau Auaha, Te Ipukarea’s biennial National creative Writing Competition, has been deemed an overwhelming success, with more than 70 entries in three categories from 14 schools across New Zealand.