Professor Poia Rewi
Poia Rewi lectures at Te Tumu (School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies), the University of Otago. His main areas of research and teaching, and community engagement involve the Māori language, Māori culture, education and performing arts. He was Co-Principal Investigator on the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 'Te Pae Tawhiti' initiative on Te Reo Māori. Professor Rewi was also involved in 'Te Kura Roa – Waiaro: State responsiveness towards the Māori language' project which focused on Māori language revitalisation, examined the responsiveness of the Government to the Māori language at both national and local policy levels. He was also involved in the 'He rito whakakīnga whārua: Language value and development in communities' initiative which examined the significant aspects of successful Māori language revitalisation movements, namely Te Ataarangi and Te Kōhanga Reo that encourages usage of language within whānau.