MAI Journal, Volume 11, Issue 1 (Spring, 2022), contains six articles, a commentary and a book review, covering a diverse range of research areas that reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of MAI Journal.
The lead article, by Bridgette Masters-Awatere, Patricia Young, and Rebekah Graham titled STATE AGENCIES AND RESEARCHERS ENGAGING WITH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PLANNING: A systematic review, is organised around three core areas: Indigenous people groups, climate change strategic planning, and Indigenous knowledge and active participation. While studies included Indigenous groups, most scored poorly for active inclusion of Indigenous knowledge, integrated knowledge translation or systems change.
The second article in this issue by Hond-Flavell, Tamati, Treharne, Theodore, Kokaua, Edwards, Hond, Poulton and Ratima is titled FACILITATORS OF, AND BARRIERS TO, WHĀNAU ENGAGEMENT IN KAUPAPA MĀORI EARLY YEARS PROVISION: A retrospective survey at a Taranaki-based centre. The research undertaken in Taranaki, seeks to better understand what facilitates participation and engagement among whānau who attend Kaupapa Māori early years provision.
I te pepa tuatoru, TE ARA O TE MOA: Patua te ngāngara e kai ana i ngā rākau taketake o Aotearoa, nā Kiri Dell, Te Mihinga Komene, Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Pikihuia Pomare me Bridgette Masters-Awatere, ko te tino kaupapa hei whakaatu i ngā rautaki a te Maori mō ngā rākau taketake e kainga ana e te ngāngara. Kua whakaputaina mai ngā rautaki e rima nei; pūrākau, rāhui, karakia, tohu, me te mahitahi. I ahu mai ngā rautaki katoa i te mātauranga Māori. Ahakoa, he rerekē ētahi o ngā āhuatanga mō ia rautaki, kotahi noa te whakaakoranga ka puta i ngā rautaki katoa—ko te hononga o ngā mea katoa. Koirā te kitenga matua o te rangahau. Nā te mea, ko tātou ngā tāngata o te ao tūroa, ngā tamariki o te moana, o ngā roto, o ngā awa, o ngā ngahere hoki.
In the fourth article, HE REO TUKU IHO, HE REO ORA: Living language transmitted intergenerationally, Te Reo Irirangi o Te Hiku o Te Ika alert us to the important interconnections between mana Māori motuhake, kaitiakitanga and data sovereignty in the modern age of technology in Aotearoa. The concepts and narrative demonstrate a range of innovations to support Māori language use in Te Hiku o Te Ika with both national and international applications for Māori and other Indigenous languages.
The fifth article, HAPŪ WĀNANGA: A Kaupapa Māori childbirth education class for Māori and non-Māori māmā hapū and whānau, by Nikki M. Barrett, Lisette Burrows, Polly Atatoa-Carr and Linda T. Smith examines Hapū Wānanga, a by Māori, for Māori childbirth education programme based in the Waikato District Health Board region. The programme’s quality, impact levels on knowledge and understanding, and overall experiences and views of participants is interrogated for a 3-year period and identifies factors that shaped participation, engagement, and acceptability of Hapū Wānanga for participants.
The final article, titled MOKO WAHINE: A framework for guiding and nurturing Māori women leaders by Shonelle Wana, analyses the lived experiences and character of several Māori women leaders using a mana wahine theoretical framework known in the study as the Moko Wahine framework which strengthens the Indigenous identity of Māori women leaders as a tool to guide and nurture present and future Māori women leaders.
This commentary, titled CULTURAL PRIDE: Exploring Indigenous athlete culture and wellbeing, by Dion Enari and Sierra Keung explores the opportunities and challenges for Indigenous athletes who choose to represent their heritage nations instead of the top-tier nations where they have player eligibility. Particular attention is given to the rise of Mate Ma’a Tonga, the Tongan national Rugby league team and the implications for player wellbeing and performance.
The final contribution in this issue, by Emma Gattey, is a Book Review of Te Kai a te Rangatira: Leadership from the Māori world. Edited by Rawiri J. Tapiata, Renee Iritana Smith and Marcus Akuhata-Brown.