Valance Smith

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Senior Lecturer

Email: valance.smith@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5207-9994

Academic appointments:

  • Learning and Teaching Committee, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)
  • Programme Approval and Review Committee, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)
  • Board of Studies, Auckland University of Technology (2016 - ongoing)
  • Post Graduate Research Committee, Auckland University of Technology (2017 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology
  • Master of Arts, University of Auckland

Overview:

Dr Valance Smith (Ngāpuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Haina, Ngāti Pākehā) has recently been appointed to Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori Adavncement) and leads the Mātauranga Māori Strategy at AUT. Valance provides cultural leadership to AUT, his whānau and abroad, this year accompanying the Pacific Mission Delegation to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands alongside Rt Hon Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. While his doctoral thesis looked at the role of contemporary Māori music in promoting te reo Māori (2014), his most recent research applies mātauranga Māori across many disciplines of research including kaitiakitanga, well-being, and research in design for health.

Research interests:

Dr Valance Smith is currently a part of a scoping group identifying gaps in research to 2024 for Biological Heritage of the National Science Challenge. This complements his current research in enhancing native biodiversity on farms, and exploring a Māori understanding of agroecology. In addition, Valance is a member of a research and project team from AUT and in partnership with Ngāti Whātua o Orakei called 'Living Labs' which is a project that partners with the 1BT (One Billion Trees) programme to maximise the 1BT science priorities. Valance is also involved with, and helped develop The Citizenship Programme working with Odyssey House and Emerge Aotearoa, and also producing research with Design for Health (AUT).

Teaching summary:

Dr Valance Smith has taught te reo Māori since 2002. While his significant role is a professional one, he continues to support te reo Māori teaching at AUT.

Research outputs:

Journal articles

Creative works

  • Smith, V. (2015). Mei kore koutou [Artefact]. .

Book chapters

  • Smith, V. (2017). Whāia te māramatanga: The search for enlightenment. In M. Brown, & S. Owens (Eds.), Searches for tradition: Essays on New Zealand music, past and present (pp. 125-138). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press. Retrieved from http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/

  • Smith, V. (2013). Colonising waiata: The dawn of a new socio-cultural soundscape. In J. Moorfield, T. Ka'ai, & R. Ka'ai-Mahuta (Eds.), Kia Ronaki: The Māori performing arts (pp. 261-272). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.pearsoned.co.nz/9781486002405

Conference contributions

  • Keiha, P., Henry, E., Smith, V., & Sheehan, M. (2016). Whakamana ngā kairangahau: Developing Māori researcher scholarship. In InternatIonal indIgenous research conference 2016 prceedings (pp. 47). Auckland: Ngä Pae o te Märamatanga © New Zealand’s Mäori Centre of Research Excellence University of Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.indigenousresearch2016.ac.nz/

  • Smith, V. (2016). Transcribing Spaces - Atamira Dance Company.. .

  • Smith, V., & Sheehan, M. A. H. (2015). Energizing governance: Indigenous spirituality through haka (dance) and waiata (song). In 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Smith, V. (2015). Ka tangi te tītī, ka tangi te kākā, ka tangi hoki ahau: the role of contemporary Māori music in promoting te reo Māori. In Te Puna o te Kī (pp. 75-90). : Te Ipukarea -National Māori Language Institute.

Reports

  • Diewald, S. N., Hume, P., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., Merrett, R., Fong, D. T. P., . . . Malpas, K. (2019). An overview of the issues for recreational and competitive surf lifesaving injuries associated with inflatable rescue boats: Technical report #6 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ): Technical report #6 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Diewald, S. N., Hume, P., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., Merrett, R., Grobelny, M., . . . Smith, V. (2019). Boat instrumentation feasibility study to assess biomechanics of competitive surf lifesavers during inflatable rescue boat activities: Technical Report #5 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ): Technical Report #5 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Grobelny, M., Reay, S., Diewald, S. N., Hume, P., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., . . . Smith, V. (2019). Prototype foot strap design considerations for surf lifesaving inflatable rescue boats: Technical report #7 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Diewald, S., Hume, P., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., Fong, D. T. P., Reay, S., & Smith, V. (2019). Recreational and competitive surf lifesaving injuries associated with inflatable rescue boats derived from a systematic literature review: Technical report #1 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Diewald, S. N., Hume, P., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., Merrett, R., Fong, D. T. P., . . . Smith, V. (2019). Recreational and competitive surf lifesaving injuries associated with inflatable rescue boats derived from an online survey of members: Technical report #3 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Diewald, S. N., Hume, P., Malpas, K., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., Merrett, R., . . . Smith, V. (2019). Surf Life Saving Injuries in New Zealand between 2013 to 2017 derived from Accident Compensation Corporation Claims: Technical Report #4 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Diewald, S. N., Hume, P., Wilson, B. D., Wooler, A., Merrett, R., Fong, D. T. P., . . . Smith, V. (2019). Surf Lifesaving Injuries in New Zealand between 2009 to 2018 derived from the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Injury Reporting Database: Technical Report #2 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ): Technical Report #2 to Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). Auckland, New Zealand: SPRINZ, Auckland University of Technology.

Oral presentations

  • Foster, E., & Smith, V. (2013). CULTURAL PERFORMANCE AT NZ EMBASSY, WASHINGTON D.C.. Washington D.C. USA.