May 14, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Waikato University tikanga expert named to Maori language review panel

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The head of Aka Tikanga at the University of Waikatos School of Maori and Pacific Development has been appointed to Te Paepae Motuhake, the independent panel reviewing the Maori language sector and strategy.

was named to the panel by the Minister of Maori Affairs, Pita Sharples, following the resignation of Pem Bird, who was recently elected President of the Maori Party.

He grew up on the East Coast, and is affiliated to Te Whakatohea, Ngai Tai, Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngati Awa, Tuhoe, Ngati Porou and Ngati Maniapoto. He is a tohunga of Te Haahi Ringatu, and a licensed Maori language interpreter and translator.

I am honoured to be recognised for my commitment to Te Reo Maori in joining this illustrious group of Te Reo Maori advocates on the Paepae Motuhake, Dr Maxwell said. My appointment acknowledges the University of Waikato as being instrumental in the revitalisation of Te Reo Maori over many years.

Earlier this year, Mr Maxwell was named as one of 11 winners of the 2010 national teaching excellence awards, taking the inaugural Ako Aotearoa award for excellence in tertiary teaching in the Kaupapa Maori category.

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