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Associate Professor Te Kahautu Maxwell
Te Whakatohea, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tai, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngātii Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tuhoe

Dr Maxwell is an expert in te reo and tikanga Māori and has a strong background in kapa haka. His knowledge of whakapapa, whaikōrero and mōteatea has made him a recognised figure in Māori circles and his expertise in Te Ao Māori and tikanga is sought out both nationally and internationally. He is the tutor and composer for Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti and is currently the Mātaatua rohe delegate to Te Matatini and Te Mātāwai.

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Assoc Prof Te Kahautu Maxwell's research interests include Māori Religion; Te Haahi Ringatū; Karakia (Māori Prayers), Ngā Mōteatea (Ancient Māori Song); Building Cultural Capital, Tangihanga, Death and Dying), Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka (Traditional Māori Performing Arts), Composition, Toi Māori (Māori Art), Māori Literature, Māori Prophets, and Māori Prophecy


    • Ngarimu VC & 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Doctoral Scholarship
    • 2010 Inaugural award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori Context, AKO AOTEAROA National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
    • 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Maioha Award – recognising excellence in contemporary Māori music and acknowledging waiata (song) in, or strongly featuring Te Reo Māori

Appointments and Positions

Associate Professor Maxwell has influenced policy and practice both on the local front and around New Zealand with a number of different roles.  These positions include:

  • 1997- Te Matatini Society Incorporated
  • 2000- Mataatua Kapa Haka Incorporated (Chair)
  • 2008- 2015 Te Waka Toi the Māori arts board of Creative New Zealand Arts Council
  • 2011- 2013 Te Paepae Motuhake Independent Panel of the Ministerial Review of the Māori Language Strategy and Sector
  • 2011- The Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board
  • 2011- Whakatohea Fisheries Assets Trust
  • 2007- Te Matatini Executive Board
  • 2013- 2020 Ringatu Wainui Incorporation (Chair)
  • 2012 Te Kotahi Research Institute
  • 2014- Tekaumarua The Council of King Tuheitia
  • 2018- Whakatōhea Health and Social Services (Chair)
  • 2018- Te Pae Motuhake o Mātaatua (Chair)
  • 2019- Te Mātāwai
  • 2020- Te Kanohi O Te Motu Trust (Haahi Ringatu) (Chair)
  • 2020- Whakatōhea Mussels Ōpōtiki Limited

Featured Interview

Assoc Prof Te Kahautu Maxwell has offered expert opinion on a number of timely issues to Māori. His performance background makes him a natural in front of the camera and he is well known for his opinionated and energetic interview style.

Find more research publications by Assoc Prof Te Kahautu Maxwell

Take the opportunity to learn from an expert in oratory.  Assoc Prof Maxwell teaches the following papers within the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies:

MAORI310 - Ngā Pepeha, ngā Whakataukī me ngā Kupu Whakaari: Proverbial and Prophetic Sayings

This paper concentrates on examining and analysing proverbial, prophetic and colloquial sayings within Maori culture.

MAORI316 - Te Reo Ahurei

This paper is intended for students who have completed Maori language proficiency to intermediate level or higher. The emphasis will be on developing oral and critical skills in the use of the Maori language and English with particular attention on the critical examination and understanding of composition styles, including performance of poetic genres.

MAORI350 -  Mana Motuhake

A critical analysis investigating tribal reconfigurations of mana motuhake in the 21st century, focusing in particular on economic, environmental, cultural and political development.

Contact details & media tools

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao
Associate Professor Te Kahautu Maxwell
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+64 7 858 9561

Room: ITS.G.20

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