Maori Media Instructor Reflects on Maori’s Journey from Near Extinction

Robert Pouwhare was a part of many political movements for Maori language and culture revitalization and well-being in New Zealand from the 1970’s onward. These movements led to a Maori language education system, as well as a strong Maori media presence in radio, television, and film. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media)
March 30, 2015
Robert Pouwhare was a part of many political movements for Maori language and culture revitalization and well-being in New Zealand from the 1970’s onward. These movements led to a Maori language education system, as well as a strong Maori media presence in radio, television, and film. (Photo by Victoria Nechodomu/Nechodomu Media) It is yet another Friday afternoon at Auckland University of Technology. Like last week, the computer lab is filled...
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Cultural Identity of Māori Youth is Fueled by Yesterdays History and Tomorrows Technology

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March 23, 2015

It’s a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon in Auckland, New Zealand. The Auckland University of Technology’s campus is slowing down as the weekend nears. Yet one classroom, a large computer lab, is buzzing with energy, enthusiasm, and creativity as a dozen young Māori students exchange ideas for short film productions. They are second year students in AUT’s Maori Media program, instructed by Dr. Ella Henry and Robert Pouwhare, and they are…

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New Zealand Organizations Make Efforts to Maintain Maori Culture

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March 16, 2015

The presence of technology and media has opened many doors and endless possibilities for populations around the world. However, for many cultures, accessibility to media and technology has led to concerns over language loss and cultural identity. Many individuals, educational facilities, and media outlets in New Zealand are making an effort to ensure that the Maori language and culture remains strong in the face of globalization. Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village “Our…

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Yup’ik Alaska Natives Seek Cultural Preservation

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March 9, 2015

Residents of Southwest Alaska are grieving the loss of Paul John, a community elder and cultural leader from Toksook Bay, Alaska. According to KTUU, John died in Anchorage as a result of heart problems on Friday, March 6, at the age of 85. John’s death has a deep and far-reaching impact on the state, as he was viewed as a cultural leader and advocate. He is remembered for teaching traditional ways…

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