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An A-Wh of Māori Grammar and Usage

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The use of linguistic descriptions, to a large extent, has characterised much of how the Māori language has been described in grammar books and textbooks designed for the teaching and learning of te reo as a second or additional language. This approach tends to describe language at the sentence level of phonology, morphology, and syntactic structures. However, it scarcely makes use of semantic descriptions as a feasible approach to describe language beyond that sentence level.

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An analysis of how rangatahi Maori are using social networking sites

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Social networking sites (SNSs) have changed the ways in which we communicate and connect with others, forming new ways of communicating, building relationships, accessing information, and being self- expressive. While much of the literature around SNSs looks at social impacts, little research exists around Mäori use of SNSs. Rangatahi Mäori (rangatahi) are fi nding new ways of connecting and communicating through Facebook profi le pages and are faced with new challenges of online/offl ine variations and protocols that become blurred—particularly in online spaces.

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An investigation into the fisheries resources and interests of iwi, hapū and marae within Tauranga Moana and the impacts caused by the grounding of the CV Rena

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This Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga research project aims to assess the status of selected taonga shellfish (including pipi, tuatua, kina and pāua) resources within the Rohe Moana o Tauranga Moana, and the impacts caused by the grounding of the cargo vessel Rena on these fisheries and iwi ability to manage them. The Rena grounding highlighted to iwi the threats posed by environmental disasters to traditional fisheries. In this case, fisheries were closed along the coast and at times, from Waihī to Pukehina.

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Anger and Indigenous Men, Understanding and responding to violent behaviour

Edited by Andrew Day, Martin Nakata and Kevin Howells, The Federation Press 2008.Chapter 5, Exploring issues of wellbeing for Indigenous men, Chapter 11, New media innovation: A developing tool for research into Indigenous men's experiences and expression of anger.

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Art Crime in Aotearoa New Zealand

This project emerged out of teaching a paper in the Art History Department in 2010 (re-run 2012) entitled Art Crime. As part of this, I began researching the field in NZ and have found very little material so far. This project aims to fill this gap.

The first part of the project is almost complete - a survey and discussion of looting in Aotearoa NZ in the 19th century. In 2010 I presented this research in Tucson (NAISA conference) and Dunedin (Art & Law Symposium). The next phase of the project begins to compile evidence of art theft since 1900.

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Assessing Hauora Māori in clinical settings research project

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Study to develop assessment tools and evaluate the assessment of the Hauora Māori (Health of Māori) domain in the Year 4 General Medicine attachment in the medical programme. This is led by Dr Rhys Jones and has Akō Aōtearoa funding and Ethics approval. As part of the study, a short workshop is planned with a select group of clinical teachers to look at the new curriculum framework, and then discuss how current assessments might be improved.

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