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Dr Joeliee Seed-Pihama

Joeliee Seed-Pihama

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Qualifications: BA(Hons), PGDip Trans & Inter, MA, PhD

Iwi: Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Waikato

About Joeliee

Dr Joeliee Seed-Pihama is a mother of three boys and an emerging kaupapa Māori researcher with a passion for Māori ancestral knowledge, storytelling and language. Her PhD work focused on the reclamation, assertion and resurgence of Māori personal names in Aotearoa and the importance of Māori naming narratives for enhancing identity, embedding ancestral narrative and keeping Māori values alive within whānau. Joeliee has a broad range of experience across several sectors and specialist areas and joined Te Kotahi Research Institute in 2017. Joeliee is currently working on a Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori funded project looking at the subjective motivations of organisations that use and promote te reo Māori. In another role with Te Whāriki Takapou, a kaupapa Māori sexual and reproductive health organisation, Joeliee champions kaupapa Māori sexuality education for and with total immersion Māori language schools. Joeliee has also worked on several Māori language projects including 'The Māori Naming Project' which explored traditional classification systems of naming flora and fauna within Tainui-waka, as a translator for the localisation of Microsoft and Moodle into te reo Māori and as a research assistant for the ‘Māori language in e-learning’ project. Joeliee was also a member of the Legal Māori Project team which supported the development of ‘He Papakupu Reo Ture: A Dictionary of Māori Legal Terms’. Joeliee also worked for Te Mātāhauariki Research Institute for several years as a researcher and translator.

Recent Publications

  • Seed-Pihama, J. (2019). Naming our names and telling our stories. In J. -A. Archibald, J. Lee-Morgan, & J. De Santolo (Eds.), Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology. London, UK: Zed Books Ltd.

  • Seed-Pihama, J., & Simmonds, N. (2018). Te Hono Tāngaengae - the umbilical link: Connecting with our ancestors through ancestral place-based knowledges. In 8th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC18). Conference held at Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Whaanga, H., Papa, W., Seed, J., Wehi, P., & Roa, T. (2013). Towards a culturally-sensitive approach to the naming of new species. In Symposium: Island biocultural diversity and traditional ecological knowledge - Joint British Ecological Society Conference and 11th INTECOL Congress: Into the Next 100 Years (four yearly meeting). Conference held at London, UK.

  • Whaanga, H., Roa, T., Seed, J., Papa, W., Thompson, K., & Haereroa, B. (2012). Exploring a Māori classificatory system of flora and fauna. Final report for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Hamilton, New Zealand: SMPD, University of Waikato.

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Seed-Pihama, Miss Joeliee 9589 joeliee 194H.G.06 Deputy Vice-Chancellor Maori

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