Māori Article of the Week: Quantitative Analysis of Māori Prosody from Three Generations by Mixdorff, Watson, and Keegan

This study is a preliminary quantitative analysis of prosodic features of Māori from three groups of male speakers from different generations. It has been argued that under the influence of English the prosody of Māori has undergone drastic changes over the last century which in earlier studies have been studied impressionistically and also perceptually. In the current study we first determined the most frequent… Read more

National Science Challenge Research Article of the Week: Welfare costs of coordinated infrastructure investments: the case of competing transport modes by Meade and Grimes

Infrastructure investments such as in rail and road networks are often undertaken by different parties that have differing degrees of vertical integration into downstream rolling stock (i.e. train and truck) investments. We analyse the impacts on freight transport and welfare outcomes of different institutional approaches to investment coordination across multiple freight modes (rail and road) in the presence… Read more

Open Access Article of the Week: Time to Face the Music: Musical Colonization and Appropriation in Disney’s Moana by Robin Armstrong

Despite Disney’s presentation of Moana as a culturally accurate portrayal of Polynesian culture, the film suffers from Western ethnocentrism, specifically in its music. This assertion is at odds with marketing of Moana that emphasized respect for and consultation with Polynesians whose expertise was heralded to validate the film’s music as culturally authentic. While the composers do, in fact, use Polynesian… Read more

Early Career and Postgraduate Advice Article of the Week: Lights, cameras, science: Using video to engage broader audiences by Katie Pratt

There’s no escaping the fact that having broader impact activities on your CV is a must for any researcher today. Whether it’s to help you obtain funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), improve your chances of an academic appointment, or get you a job outside of academia altogether, sharing what you do with someone other than your colleagues can help your career. It’s one of the reasons I find myself… Read more

Pasifika Research Article of the Week: To know more of what it is and what it is not: Pacific research on the move by Sanga and Reynolds

To name something is to stake a claim, an action which, while having a moment of origin, requires dynamic attention to context and development. This article discusses the naming of Pacific research. It offers a brief but timely reminder of the genealogy of the field before approaching a number of issues of contemporary concern. These include the need for placing new work within existing patterns and models of research;… Read more

eSocSci Director made Royal Society of New Zealand Royal Society Companion

eSocSci Director Associate Professor Robin Peace was one of six women to receive the honour of Companion for their tireless efforts in the fields of nutrition, science education, science communication and the history of science, social sciences, dementia research and New Zealand history. President of Royal Society Te Apārangi Professor Wendy Larner said the election as a Companion is an honour recognising outstanding… Read more

National Science Challenge 11 Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities Research: Spatial Impacts of Endogenously Determined Infrastructure Investment by Cochrane, Grimes, McCann, and Poot

We address three questions: Do infrastructure investments impact on local incomes, population and land values? Do these effects spill over into neighbouring regions? Is infrastructure investment a response to local developments? We outline a theoretical framework and estimate a simultaneous equation growth model of infrastructure investment, real incomes, population and land values. The model, estimated… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Huakina mai te tatau o tōu whare: Opening University Doors to Indigenous Students

The massification of higher education continues to transform student cohorts worldwide and to challenge what it means to teach students effectively (Altbach et al. 2009). As part of this global trend, indigenous students are participating in university study at higher rates than ever before, often with mixed results (Frawley et al. 2015; Jones Brayboy et al. 2015; Theodore et al. 2015). Some universities offer… Read more

Tomorrow’s Schools Review: Ngā Kura mō Āpōpō: He Arotake

As part of the national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Government is reviewing Tomorrow’s Schools – the name given to the reforms that dramatically changed the governance, management and administration of our schools nearly 30 years ago. The review is wide ranging. It will look at the way our schooling system works, and whether it meets the needs and aspirations of all learners. The review… Read more

Early Career Researcher Advice Article of the Week: What do we write to convey? by Davina Cooper

Academic writing can seem freighted with agendas other than communicating sense, even as academics split over whether inaccessible writing conveys brilliance or simply that ideas and readings have not been fully digested. Increasingly, I incline towards the latter. Or at least I know that is what causes me to write in overly-referential, condensed ways, drawing in and dragging on others’ words as I gesture towards… Read more
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