May 18, 2014
Massey caps Maori scholars
Maori scholarship just got another boost with the graduation of seven new Maori doctors from Massey University.
They include former Royal New Zealand Air Force member Savern Reweti of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Raukawa, whose has been developing low-cost PC-based flight simulators.
He says his doctoral thesis shows that his desktop trainers, which cost as little as $15,000, are potentially as effective as the commercial flight simulators used by airlines, which come with a price age tag from $1 million to $20 million.
Ruakere Hond from Taranaki earned his doctorate with a thesis on language revitalisation and its impact on wellbeing.
Dr Hond drew on his experience developing and implementing of Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust’s language revitalisation strategy.
Two other Taranaki scholars earned PhDs – Acushla Dee O’Carroll, who has been looking at Maori use of social media and whether it can substitute for traditional kanohi ki te kanohi interactions, and Rebecca Wirihana, who was looking at Maori women leaders.
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