A book to commemorate a group that has promoted Māori interests at New Zealand's eight universities for a decade has been launched at Parliament.
A formal ceremony and a Māori blessing was held to launch Fire that Kindles Hearts: Ten Māori Scholars at the Beehive.
The book highlights the leadership and experiences of ten respected Māori academics.
It was presented by Te Kāhui Amokura, celebrating 10 years of developing a Māori presence on university campuses across the motu.
Chair of Te Pōkai Tara, Universities New Zealand, Harlene Hayne, said the book gave a great insight into each of the 10 Māori academics' stories about championing the way for more Māori scholars.
"The book is really their brainchild. It's a book that's part of a very important series that documents the journey that they went on, really to try and and enhance opportunities for Māori scholarship and leadership at the eight universities," Ms Hayne said.
The authors are Ranginui Walker, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Sir Mason Durie, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Graham Smith, Taiarahia Black, Ngapare Hopa, Wally Penetito, Margie Maaka, and Atholl Anderson.
Te Kāhui Amokura, Universities New Zealand Te Pokai Tara Committee on Māori, provides university vice-chancellors with advice on a range of subjects, but a particular focus is the promotion of Māori leadership in New Zealand's universities, and academic advancement for Māori students and staff.