Dean Mahuta


Dr Mahuta is from the Waikato Tribe on the northern banks of the Waikato River in the North Island of New Zealand. He recently graduated with his doctorate in Māori Development on the identity connection of the Waikato people and the Waikato river. His thesis was written completely in the Māori language. Dr Mahuta was the first person to complete his PhD in Māori at AUT. Dr Mahuta is a graduate of Kura Kaupapa and Wharekura, which are the Māori language immersion schools in Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is also one of the first three graduates of Māori immersion schools to be awarded with his doctorate. Dr Mahuta is now a lecturer in Te Ara Poutama and a postdoctoral fellow in Te Ipukarea and the International Centre for Language Revitalisation.

Dr Dean Mahuta is a senior lecturer at Te Ara Poutama, AUT's faculty of Maori and indigenous development, and associate director of Te Ipukarea, AUT's national Maori language institute. He is currently researching the need for indigenous peoples to begin occupying digital spaces, and taking ownership of their own digital identity.

Biographical sources

  • 11 October 2016
  • 11 October 2016


  • Maori Language Revitalisation. London, UK, 2011.
  • Co-authors R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta.
  • New technologies in Maori language revitalisation~the creation of a digital repository for the preservation of Maori songs. London, UK., 2011.
  • Co-authors R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta.
  • "Honouring the voices of the ancestors - A personal view of the effects of Māori language immersion education in Aotearoa-New Zealand." Te Kaharoa 4.1 (2011): 180-194.
  • "Breaking down barriers: Building communities through technologies." 30th Tertiary ICT Conference. Christchurch, N.Z., 2012
  • C-authors T. M. Ka'ai, R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta and Hoskins, H.
  • "REO Online Language Learning Systems: Technologies For Endangered Languages." Language Endangerment in the 21st Century: GLobalisation, Technology and New Media. Ed. T. M. Ka'ai, N. Ostler, M. O'laoire, T. J. Smith, R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta, and D. P. S. Mahuta. Auckland: Te Ipukarea and Printsprint, Auckland University of Technolog, 2012.
  • Kia Waikato te whakaaro, kia Waikato te reo - A Waikato methodology. Hopuhopu, 2012.
  • Using Technologies to Revitalise Endangered Languages: Maori Language as a Case Study and Replication Ability for Other Languages. 226 East 42nd Street, New York, New York 10017, 2012
  • Co-authors T. M. Ka'ai, J. C. Moorfield and R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta.
  • "Maori in Video Games - A Digital Identity." Te Kaharoa - The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues 5.1 (2012).
  • "Hinga atu a Tane-rore ki te ipu o te rangi." Mahuta, D. P. S. Kia Ronaki - The Maori Performing Arts. Ed. R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta, T. M. Ka'ai, and J. C. Moorfield. Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Education, 2013.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "Honouring the voices of the ancestors - A personal view of the effect of Māori language immersion education in Aotearoa-New Zealand." NHLRC First International Conference on Heritage and Community Languages. Los Angeles, USA, 2010
  • "To ringa ki nga rakau a te Pakeha: A digital platform for Maori language learning." ICT for Language Learning Conference Proceedings 2011.
  • Co-author R. T. A. Ka'ai-Mahuta,
  • "Maori in video games." Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference, Connecticut, USA, 2012.
  • Theses

  • Ko te awa tōku piringa, ka puta, ka ora - he tangata, he whenua, he tangata whenua. Doctoral Thesis, Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University of Technology, 2010