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Name changes for historical racism against Māori

Name changes for historical racism against Māori

New Zealand is made up of numerous colonial place and street names, as are organisations and brands. Likewise, there are many place, street, educational institutions and government organisations with Māori names. A Massey academic is suggesting a name change for Massey University – Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa as his research has revealed that its namesake was racist against at least Māori. This despite the university having its name […]

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Google Translate and NZ society’s stereotype of Māori people

Google Translate and NZ society’s stereotype of Māori people

The media article on the blunder of using Google translate by a mayoral candidate created lots of social media discussions that focused only on the tool and its te reo Māori issues and not the subtle racism in the story.   In summary: Hamilton mayoral candidate James Casson wanted to appeal to Māori voters and thought that the way to do this was by offering his […]

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Place and Street Names in Aotearoa

Place and Street Names in Aotearoa

A list of New Zealand Māori place names and Street names compiled in 2011 for Te Ngutu Kura Māori Spell Checker. There is no other information apart from the place name and the license agreement. Download Māori Place and Street Names  

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Consultation for censorship of moko images on social media required

Consultation for censorship of moko images on social media required

Media reports censorship of moko images on Facebook and Instagram but some misunderstand which organisation can assist. In one article by Māori Television it states that the Ministry of Culture and Heritage have been approached for comment and it states: Te Kaea is awaiting a response from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to see whether they will force these social media outlets to rethink their community guidelines. […]

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Disney releases Polynesian skin kids outfit

Disney releases Polynesian skin kids outfit

Labeled as a Maui Costume for Kids based on the Disney movie Moana. The costumes are made to look like brown skin with Polynesian tattoos. UPDATED Disney pulls Maui costume 22/09/207  There are a number of issues for Polynesian cultures and for Māori special considerations will need to be considered around the Ta Moko (tattoo) as each ta mako is unique to the individual and their whanu, hapū and Iwi. […]

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Kauamatua threatened with arrest for speaking Māori

Kauamatua threatened with arrest for speaking Māori

Kaumatua Kura Moeahu parliament’s Senior Māori Advisor was threatened with arrest for speaking Māori after a traffic stop in Lower Hutt MāorTV has reported. It is only when the officer noticed Kura’s jacket had a Police related logo on it that the officer was informed by Kura that he is a Police Māori advisory board member. At this stage the officer had a change of mind. While […]

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Word list of te reo Moriori

Word list of te reo Moriori

This is not an academic or linguist publication, but a compilation of several historically published sources that contain word lists of Moriori. For full details including sources and an analysis download the publication here. My intention as a researcher was to compile and publish this material which is scattered among many historical publications that are not easily accessible or are even common knowledge to many […]

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Māori baby names list

Māori baby names list

Over 1300 Maori Baby names; Christian, Mormon and non religious first names and their equivalent English name.
Before using a name in the list, you should also check what other meanings are associated with the name. In the Maori language one word may have multiple meanings.

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