Karena Kelly is a lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University. "Karena entered Te Kawa a Māui as a first-year student in MAOR 101. She went on to complete her BA in te reo Māori and a Bachelor of Teaching. She began teaching at St Patrick's College in Wellington. In the final year of her degree Karena first encountered Māori linguistics, and discovered a passion for the subject, which complemented her love of teaching te reo. She began her postgraduate studies in Māori linguistics the following year. In 2006, she joined Te Kawa a Māui as a part-time teaching fellow, lecturing MAOR 121, and more recently also MAOR 101 and MAOR 102, whilst continuing her postgraduate studies. Her current project is a comparative study of traditional vs modern Māori language, an investigation of changes in Māori syntax across time."
- http://www.victoria.ac.nz/maori/about/staff/karena-kelly 29 November 2016
- "Iti te kupu, nui te Kōrero: The Study of the Little Details That Made the Māori language Māori." The Value of the Maori Language: Te Hua o te Reo Māori. Huia Publishers, 2014.
- Aspects of change in the syntax of Māori - A corpus-based study. Phd, Victoria University, 2015.