Building the next generation of Māori scholars

11:04 am on 20 August 2015

A Tūhoe academic hopes his latest writing will inspire a new generation of Māori language scholars.

Taiarahia Black

Taiarahia Black Photo: Supplied / Massey University

Taiarahia Black has contributed a chapter to the just published Fire that Kindles Hearts: 10 Māori Scholars.

The book, published by the Manu Ao Academy, highlights the leadership and experiences of 10 respected Māori academics.

Mr Black is a Professor of Indigenous Research Development at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne.

He said he hopes his offering, which is written in Te Reo Māori, will encourage up-and-coming reo Māori scholars to continue guiding and nurturing the language.

"It's about reo knowledge it's also about reo transmission, reo creativity, reo reclamation, to build reo academia [and] reo scholars for the future," Professor Black said.

"So my chapter has been written with the connection to the language, connection to the people and connection to the land."

Taiarahia Black said it was an honour to be featured in the book alongside the nine other academics.

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