MAI Journal 2014: Volume 3 Issue 1
This latest issue is composed of five articles, one commentary and three book reviews. The articles traverse issues concerning environmental impact, Māori wellbeing and research, education in an indigenous tertiary context and mātauranga Māori in the sporting arena.
In their article “Restoring the mauri to the pre-MV Rena state”, the authors Tumanako Ngawhika Fa’aui and Te Kipa Kepa Brian Morgan consider the October 2011 grounding of the MV Rena and the significant environmental impacts upon social, economic and cultural well-being. Fiona Cram, author of “Measuring Māori wellbeing: a commentary”, describes developments in the culturally responsive measurement of Māori wellbeing while Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll outlines a unique form of research, and the implications for engaging meaningfully with healing communities, in the context of the Ngā Tohu o te Ora research project and rongoā Māori. Finally, Bevan Erueti traces the trajectory of mātauranga Maori into the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth games teams over a six-year period.
In his Commentary “Nā te hangarau tōku reo Māori i tāmi, mā te hangarau tōku reo Māori e hāpai” Joe Te Rito reflects on the interface between English language radio and the demise of the Māori language. He posits that over many decades the former has been instrumental in the decline of te reo. However, the advent and consolidation of Māori language radio and its associated technologies over the last 25 years has reinvigorated te reo.
Finally, Helene Connor reviews the book ‘Matters of the heart: A history of intermarriage in New Zealand’; Heather Came reviews the publication of ‘Working as allies: Supporters of indigenous justice reflect’ and Margaret Wilkie reviews the book ‘Ara mai he tētēkura—Visioning our futures: New and emerging pathways of Māori academic leadership’.