Maori embrace the digital world

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Library staff members, Te Kura Maori and Parekereke Research Institute staff together launched the Maori language interface to the Library’s catalogue at the Karori Campus Marae, Te Akopai in Wellington.

Staff were welcomed onto the marae by Head of Department Pania Te Maro (Ngati Porou) and Parekereke’s Wally Penetito (Ngati Haua, Tamatera) concluding with karakia and launch where the catalogue was systematically rolled out to all the campuses of the University.

David Kukutai Jones, Maori and Pacific Librarian says, ‘it’s an impressive achievement based on the determination and drive of Library staff, the leadership and advice of students as well as academic staff such as Te Herenga Waka Marae Taurima, Te Ripowai Higgins.’

MaoriInterfaceVicCThe Library’s Maori Subject Guides which are provided bi-lingually were also launched, with future plans to launch Samoan Subject Guides in the Samoan language by the end of the year, and the building of a unique Maori and Pacific Reference Collection and Section beginning in March 2010.

Background: He P?rekereke

In the garden the parekereke is an area designated as a seedbed, in which seedlings are nurtured until young plants are ready to be planted out in the main garden. This part of the garden gives its name to the Institute. He Parekereke was formally constituted in September 1995 as an Institute for Research and Maori Development within the School of Education.

Since its official recognition in 1995 He Parekereke has aimed to provide a nurturing and protective environment for Maori staff as academics and researchers. This aim has been operationalised as creating a critical mass of Maori staff who will design and deliver courses on Maori education to all students but with particular focus on the development of a Maori cohort who will be encouraged to go on to masters and doctoral studies.

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