This issue of MAI Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1 (2019) contains six articles and one book review covering a diverse range of research areas. This issue reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of MAI Journal with articles covering indigenous research methodologies, wellbeing, and language revitalisation across education, health, and economics.
The lead article by David Fa’avae, Tatala ‘a e Koloa ‘o e To’utangata Tonga: A way to disrupt and decolonise research shares personal reflections and observations of the challenges in the author’s doctoral research within Tongan extended families in Aotearoa New Zealand and Tonga. It shares the ways in which the author negotiates the boundaries between the traditional cultural world and academia.
The second article in this issue by Fiona Cram is titled Measuring Māori children’s wellbeing: A discussion paper. This paper is intended as a resource that can inform discussion of Māori – centric indicators of Māori children’s wellbeing as individuals, within the context of whānau and wider society.
The third article in this issue by Gianna Leoni, titled The Use of Te Reo Māori In Economic Activities In The 19th Century considers the significance of the Māori language of economics by giving a brief insight into the use of te reo Māori in 19th century economic activity. The use of te reo Māori in expressing economic activity, moves beyond simply translating English economic ideas or expressions and highlights a plethora of examples of Māori ways of thinking being used to describe economic activity.
The next article in this issue titled The Use Of Audio Technology To Support Second Language Learners Of Te Reo Māori is written by Awanui Te Huia. This paper reports on the findings from a focus group of sevent students enrolled in two courses in which Māori language auditory resources were used.
The fifth article written by Mihi Ratima, Reremoana Theodore, Aroaro Tamati, Erana Hond-Flavell, Will Edwards, Hinerangi Korewha, Gareth J. Treharne, Ruakere Hond, David Craig, Richie Poulton titled Te kura mai i tawhiti research programme: A collaborative lifecourse approach to health, wellbeing and whānau development examines the transformative power that quality Kaupapa Māori early life and whānau programmes have on whānau health, wellbeing and educational outcomes.
The final articled in this issue is authored by Georgina Stewart and is titled He iti, he pounamu: the significance of doctoral theses written in te reo Māori. This article. This article illuminates the embryonic academic practice of writing doctoral theses in te reo Māori, storying the experiences of graduates, supervisors, examiners and senior managers involved in this pathway.
MAI Journal 2019, Volume 8, Issue 1 closes with a book review of Paul Moon’s, Killing te reo Maori. This review is written by Dr Vini Olsen-Reeder.