Assoc. Prof. Hēmi Whaanga
Associate Dean Research
Qualifications: PhD Waikato, MA (Applied) Waikato, PGDipSLT Waikato, BA (Te Tohu Paetahi) Waikato
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha
Dr Hēmi Whaanga is an associate professor in Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao (The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies). Hēmi has been involved, in various capacities as a project leader, writer and researcher, in a range of linguistic, indigenous Māori knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) and curriculum projects. He has published in the areas of Mātauranga Māori, traditional ecological knowledge, digitisation of indigenous knowledge, language revitalisation, linguistics, language teaching and curriculum development.
Jackie Tuaupiki - PhD (2017). Thesis title: E kore e ngaro, he takere waka nui: Te mātauranga whakatere waka me ōna take nunui.
Joeliee Seed-Pihama – PhD Thesis (2017). Title: Ko wai tō ingoa? The transformative potential of Māori naming narratives.
Tom Roa – PhD (2016). Title: An examination of the significance of inter-propositional relations in translation theory and practice with particular reference to Māori-English and English-Māori translation.
Murray Peters – PhD (2014). Title: Reclaiming the Māori language for future generations: flax root perspectives. Tīkina te mana o te reo Māori: Te pūtaketanga o te pā harakeke.
Jillian Tipene – PhD (2014). Title: Te tuhirau i rehu i ringa - Translating sacred and sensitive texts: An indigenous perspective.
Roger Lewis – PhD (2014). Title: The application of critical discourse theory to language revitalisation discourse.
Keao NeSmith – PhD (2012) - Mellon-Hawai’i Doctoral Fellow. Title: The teaching and learning of Hawaiian language and culture in public high schools and tertiary level schools in Hawai‘i: Issues relating to linguistic and cultural continuity and discontinuity.
Raukura Roa – PhD (2012). Title: Formulaic discourse patterning in mōteatea.
Anaha Hiini– PhD student. Thesis title: Te reo o Te Arawa.
Amelia Williams – PhD student. Thesis title: Iwi cultural identity: The praxis of narrative.
Hohepa Tuahine - PhD student. Thesis title: Ko Atutahi kei te taumata o te Mangoroa.
Iraia Bailey – PhD student. Thesis title: Ki te kore te hāpori reo, kua tāmate kē te reo.
Jacqui Keelan– PhD student. Thesis title: Te aho tapu: The sacred thread.
Kalei Nuuhiwa– PhD student. Thesis title: Kaulana Mahina - He ha'awina ho'omana: A Hawaiian worldview of the lunar calendar: Empowering approaches to ceremony & ritual.
Michael Taiapa - PhD student. Thesis title: Beyond structuralism: Reconceptualizing pedagogically-oriented descriptions of languages with a focus on te reo Māori.
Ngaire Tihema - PhD student. Thesis title: The teaching and learning of Te Reo Māori in tertiary educational contexts.
Rovina Anderson – PhD student. Thesis title: I belong therefore I am: Tainui whakapapa.
Tammy Hailiopua Baker– PhD student. Thesis title:The development and function of Hana Keaka (Hawaiian Medium Theatre): A tool for storytelling, reclaiming history, language revitalization, and the empowerment of Hawaiian identity.
Tatere MacLeod – PhD student. Thesis title: Te mita o Ngāti Kahungunu.
Te Urukeiha Raharuhi - PhD student. Thesis title: Te kawa whakauru ora: Collective participation of Ngāti Hinekura in indigenous wellbeing research.
Tihomir Rangelov – PhD student. Thesis title: Documenting Axamb, a Small Island Language of Vanuatu.
I have worked in various areas of linguistics (including discourse analysis, te reo Māori, applied linguistics, language curriculum), and Mātauranga Māori (including traditional knowledge, traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous ethics, digitisation of indigenous knowledge, indigenous taxonomy, naming and Māori astronomy). My main current interests concern: language, society and traditional ecological knowledge; Māori astronomy, ritual and ecological-knowledge; and the digitisation of indigenous knowledge. The projects I am involved in aim to understand these links:
- ‘Te Tāhū o te Pātaka Whakairinga Kōrero: Next Generation Indigenous Knowledge.’ Science for Technological Innovation funded project.
- ‘People, Cities and Nature: Restoring indigenous nature in urban environments’. MBIE Endevour funded project.
- ‘Te Mauria Whiritoi: The sky as a cultural resource - Māori astronomy, ritual and ecological knowledge’. Marsden funded project.
- ‘He rongo i te reo rauriki, i te reo reiuru: Whakataukī and conservation of biodiversity in Aotearoa.’ Marsden funded project.
- ‘E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū: Indigenous methods of naming native and introduced bird species of Aotearoa.’ Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga funded project.
- ‘The ethics, processes and procedures associated with the digitisation of the Pei Jones Collection.’ Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga funded project.
- ‘Exploring a Māori classificatory system around flora and fauna within Tainui waka.’ Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga funded project.
Wehi, P. M., Carter, L., Harawira, T. W., Fitzgerald, G., Lloyd, K., Whaanga, H., & Macleod, C. J. (2019). Enhancing awareness and adoption of cultural values through use of Māori bird names in science communication and environmental reporting. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(3), 1-9. doi:10.20417/nzjecol.43.35
Hardy, A., & Whaanga, H. (2019). Using the stars to indigenize the public sphere: Matariki over New Zealand. Religions, 10(7), 1-12. doi:10.3390/rel10070431
Walker, E. T., Wehi, P. M., Nelson, N. J., Beggs, J. R., & Whaanga, H. (2019). Kaitiakitanga, place and the urban restoration Agenda. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(3), 1-8. doi:10.20417/nzjecol.43.34
Park, J. W. N., Mills, S., Whaanga, H., Mato, P., Lindeman, R. W., & Regenbrecht, H. (2019). Towards a Māori telepresence system. In International Conference Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ) Vol. 2019-December (pp. 1-6). Conference held at Dunedin, New Zealand: IEEE. doi:10.1109/IVCNZ48456.2019.8961016
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Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Linguistics; Maori; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori Language; Maori Language and Computing; Maori Language and Technology; Maori Research; Te Reo (Maori Language)