Two bright futures

20 February 2019

UoW Fullbrights
Dr Nicola Daly and Rangimarie Mahuika, winners of Fulbright NZ scholarships.

One University of Waikato staff member and one student have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to travel to the USA later in the year.

Linguist and children’s literature specialist Dr Nicola Daly from the Division of Education will be based at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. She’ll be working with Professor Kathy Short who’s the Director of Worlds of Words, which is based in Arizona’s College of Education. World of Words holds an estimated 30,000 volumes of children’s and adolescent literature focusing on world cultures and Indigenous peoples, so it’s a perfect fit for Nicola.

She’s Director of the Waikato Picture Book Research Unit and has developed two picturebook collections, The New Zealand Picturebook Collection and the New Zealand Pacific Picturebook Collection, and she is currently examining the representations of language in dual language picturebooks.

“I’ll be doing teaching and research while I’m away, contributing to children’s literature teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and I’ll continue my research examining the use of dual language picturebooks to build awareness of linguistic diversity.”

Dr Daly is also co-editor of Children's Literature in a Multililterate World, which has been shortlisted for the United Kingdom Literacy Association 2019 Academic Book Award.

She leaves for the US in October.

Rangimarie Mahuika has just completed her doctorate at the University of Waikato, after previously completing degrees in Education and Law and working at the University for a time too.

Rangimarie (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ranginui and Te Rarawa) is heading to the University of Colorado in Denver to research the connections and contrasts between traditional Māori and Native American legal and political concepts.

This follows on nicely from her PhD research where she looked at indigenous conceptions of and frameworks for governance, drawing on her own tribal context with Ngāti Rangiwewehi. She’ll be working alongside Associate Professor Glenn Morris, Director of the Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics. Rangimarie is interested pathways towards greater levels of self-determination for indigenous peoples through their governance arrangements.

“I chose the University of Colorado as I’d visited and presented there during my PhD study,” Rangimarie says. “After my presentation I was approached by Professor Morris who said he’d be interested in having me do some post-doctoral study with him once I’d completed my doctorate. It seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up, so I applied for the scholarship.”

She heard back in December that she’d been awarded a Fulbright, but was told not to say anything until the official announcement was made. “It was so hard to keep it quiet,” she says.

There were seven 2019 Fulbright NZ Scholarships awarded in total.

A University of Waikato alumnus, Jason Mika, was awarded the 2019 Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award. This award is given to a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture and/or conduct research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.

Jason's now a senior lecturer at Massey University and will visit Stanford University in San Francisco and University of Arizona in Tuscon to research the design of effective enterprise assistance for indigenous entrepreneurs.

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the USA. The Fulbright programme offers a range of awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, academics, artists and professionals to study, research and teach in each other’s countries. More than 3,000 people have benefited from a Fulbright exchange between New Zealand and the United States to date. The programme is jointly funded by the US and New Zealand governments with additional funding from award sponsors, private philanthropists and alumni donors. More information is available here.

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