Nicola Bright: Te Ahu o Te Reo – The Health of the Māori Language

Ko tēnei te wiki o te reo Māori. Nā, ko te tikanga o tēnei wā (otirā mō te tau katoa) me whakanui tātou i tō tātou reo rangatiranga. Nā reira, e tika ana e matapaki ana tātou i ngā kaupapa reo Māori. Ko tētahi o ngā pātai nui, me pēhea te reo e ora ai i roto i ngā kura katoa o Aotearoa? “If the language is to survive as a vernacular for another generation, radical steps will have to be taken to give the language… Read more
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Book Review: The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online by Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner

Whitney Phillips, winner of the Nancy Baym book award for her work on trolling and mainstream culture (2015), and Ryan M. Milner, author of the World Made Meme (2016), turn their sharp focus to the weird world of internet culture. In this highly anticipated book, The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online, the authors concentrate on the meeting points between memes and trolling through the lens… Read more
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Māori Article of the Week: SciBoost: A Collaborative Approach to Enhancing Māori and Pacific Achievement in Science and Engineering by Marsh and Eastwood

The SciBoost programme was developed with the intention of improving the retention and achievement of Māori and Pacific students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSEN). It was offered at the University of Waikato from 2013-2016 and consisted of a series of themed academic skills development workshops taught over a two-day period. SciBoost provides an example of successful collaboration between the… Read more

Louise Phillips: Giving voice to the young: survey shows people want under-18s involved in politics

Young people are largely excluded from consultation and contribution to government decision-making. Both Australia and New Zealand are signatories to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and are obliged to honour children’s rights to freely express their views in all matters affecting them. However, neither country has mandated mechanisms to ensure children’s views are heard within their civic institutions.… Read more
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Maria Temming: Machines are getting schooled on fairness

You’ve probably encountered at least one machine-learning algorithm today. These clever computer codes sort search engine results, weed spam e-mails from inboxes and optimize navigation routes in real time. People entrust these programs with increasingly complex — and sometimes life-changing — decisions, such as diagnosing diseases and predicting criminal activity. Machine-learning algorithms… Read more
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Kate Grayson: Addressing the gender gap in Australia’s intelligence community

Traditionally, the realm of intelligence-gathering and espionage has been associated with men. Perhaps we can thank Ian Fleming’s characterisation of James Bond for that. However, the recently released review of administration and expenditure (2015–16) by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) paints a different picture and gives an insight into an area that’s rarely… Read more
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Briahna Joy Gray: The Question of Cultural Appropriation

The trouble with Elvis’s version of “Hound Dog” is not that it is bad. It’s that it doesn’t make any goddamn sense. Big Mama Thornton’s original 1952 version of the song is sleazy and defiant. In a bluesy growl, she tells off the low-down guy who keeps “snooping round her door.” It’s a declaration of independence by a woman who is sick and tired of having a “hound dog” of a man take her for granted. The… Read more
Cartoon of Elvis singing while pushing aside Big Mama Thornton

Māori Article of the Week: Reframing disability from an Indigenous perspective by Hickey and Wilson

Māori directly or indirectly experience disability at a higher rate than any other population group in Aotearoa New Zealand. Despite one in three Māori having some form of disability, Māori  have less access to support and health and disability services. Currently, gaps exist in knowledge related to Māori and disability, and this is not helped by disabled Māori being excluded from health and disability policy… Read more

Book Review: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization by Margaret E. Peters

If the Statue of Liberty didn’t exist, what public monument would be built in its place today? It’s unlikely to be one inscribed with the words: ‘Give me your tired, your poor […] The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.’ We’re more likely to see a dam, stretching across New York Harbour, just as President Trump’s wall would stretch ‘nice and strong’ across the Mexican border. Its inscription might… Read more
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Study shows families speaking Te Reo at home more likely to enroll their children in kaupapa Māori education

Almost half of all Māori parents who speak te reo at home are likely to enrol their child in kaupapa Māori education, Stats NZ said today. “This is positive news and shows the importance of te reo and culture in influencing a parent’s decision on educational pathways,” Stats NZ Kaihautu Rhonda Paku says. The new report’s findings support the view that parents’ cultural characteristics – using… Read more