November 25, 2015
Bumper crop of PhD potae for Massey
Eleven Maori scholars will receive their doctorates at Massey University’s graduation ceremony this Friday.
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Maori Selwyn Katene says the degrees are significant not just for graduates and their whanau but for the nation because of the contribution they are likely to make to Maori advancement.
Two of the scholars, Hinurewa Poutu and Agnes McFarlane, wrote their theses in te reo Maori.
Ms Poutu, who has just been appointed to Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Maori, researched factors that influence teen and youth speakers of Te Reo Maori to use the language beyond school.
Ms McFarlane looked at the oral and contemporary written literature of Tuhoe.
Massey can now boast eight PhDs written in te reo Maori, the first coming from Professor Taiarahia Black in 2000.
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