Dr. Nicola Daly

Nicola Daly

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: B. A. (Massey) B.A. (Hons) (VUW) PhD (La Trobe)

About Nicola

I am a senior lecturer in Te Hononga, the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education where I teach in the Learning Languages learning area in both the primary and secondary teaching programmes, and in children's literature. The main focus of my research is in the language used in New Zealand children's picturebooks. My research has examined the use of Māori loanwords in New Zealand English picturebooks, and more recently I have begun examining the linguistic landscape of dual language picturebooks. I have also explored the link between national identity and children's picturebooks, work which has resulted in the development of two picturebook collections: The New Zealand PictureBook Collection ( and the New Zealand Pacific PictureBook Collection ( My work has been published nationally in the New Zealand English Journal, Te Reo, Waikato Journal of Education, Set, Early Childhood Folio and Reading Forum; and internationally in the Australian Journal of Teacher Education, BookBird, Children's Literature in Education, and New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship. I have also co-edited (with Christine Helot and Raymonde Sneddon) a book entitled Children's Literature in Multilingual Classrooms (Trentham, 2014). In 2014, 2015 and 2016 I have worked with a group of New Zealand teachers in India supporting untrained teachers with an organisation called Rata (

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Daly, N. (2017). Audiences, referees, and landscapes: Understanding the use of Māori and English in New Zealand dual language picturebooks through a sociolinguistic lens. In M. Marra, & P. Warren (Eds.), Linguist at Work: Festschrift for Janet Holmes (pp. 159-176). Victoria University Press. Open Access version:

  • Daly, N., & Sharma, S. (2017). New Zealand teachers working with untrained Indian teachers: Motivation and language. In Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education Colloquium, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Daly, N., & Barbour, J. (2017). Teachers’ understandings of the role of translation in vernacular language maintenance in Malekula: some early thoughts. Wellington Working Papers in Linguistics: Linguistic travels in time and space: Festschrift for Liz Pearce, 23, 29-34.

  • Daly, N. (2017). Relationships between children, their language(s), and children’s literature: English-Spanish dual language picturebooks. In IRSCL Congress 2017: Possible & Impossible Children: Intersections of Children’s Literature & Childhood Studies. Conference held at Keele Campus, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Find more research publications by Nicola Daly


children's literature, picturebooks, sociolinguistics

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Daly, Dr Nicola 4298 nicolad TC.3.32 Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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