Doctor of Philosophy (Māori and Pacific Development)
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Jackie Tuaupiki gained his BA and MA degrees in Māori language and culture from Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, the University of Waikato. He has been a lecturer in Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao for 10 years, teaching in the area of Māori language and culture at undergraduate level while undertaking his PhD.
His PhD explores waka navigation in the Pacific and the changing perspectives on the significance and function of observable natural phenomena.
Two parts form the focus of this research. The first part is an analysis on literature including (a) traditional navigation and traditional Māori oral arts about the significance and functions of observable natural phenomena in traditional navigation; and (b) an analysis on the perspectives of contemporary waka navigators; similarities and/or differences between traditional and contemporary navigation and indications about cultural adaption.
Other research interests include: oral arts traditions in waka culture and Māori translation and interpretation.