Lynne-Harata Te Aika

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Awa

Ms Lynne-Harata Te Aika is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury. Her research interests are primarily in the area of Maori education, including all aspects of te reo Maori, bilingual and immersion education from birth, early childhood and compulsory schooling to tertiary and lifelong learning. She is also interested in indigenous education and providing for the needs of diverse learners. She has led and been involved in Ngai Tahu tribal education and te reo initiatives over the past ten years. Te Aika was also involved in pan-tribal education initiatives at the local, regional and national level as well as developing links with indigenous communities in Pacific Rim countries.

Te Aika is currently working on language and cultural documentation projects with six Ngāi Tahu Rūnanga Communities producing resources in te reo Māori of significance to those rūnanga.

Her main research is working in collaboration with Ngai Tahu Rūnanga communities to enhance tribal ecologies.

Biographical sources

  • 2 Deccember 2016


  • Hei Tauira: Teaching and Learning for Success for Māori in Tertiary Settings. Wellington, N.Z.: Ako Aotearoa, 2008.
  • Co-author J. Greenwood.
  • Films/Video

  • He Take Kōrero: Local Ngāi Tahu Perspectives on the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in Education today, 2014.
  • Co-authors R.F. Manning, L. Brown and E, Hipango.
  • Non-fiction

  • "Merger, Mana, Scholarship and Power: Four Perspectives of Issues Impacting on Quality in Teacher Education in the Merger of College of Education with University." New Zealand Annual Review of Education: Te Arotake a tau o te ao o te matauranga i Aotearoa 2006, n.6 (2007): 5-28.
  • Co-authors J. Greenwood, E. Mayo and L. Walker.
  • SCOPE - Southern Region Te Reo Maori: Milestone 2. Commissioned by Ministry of Education, 2009.
  • Co-authors M. Skerrett and K. Fortune.
  • "Ko tātou te rangahau, ko te rangahau, ko tātou: A Māori Approach to Participatory Action Research." Education, Particpatory Action Research, and Social Change: International Perspectives. Ed. D. Kapoor and S. Jordan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Co-author J. Greenwood.
  • Hei Tauira: Teaching and Learning Success for Māori in Tertiary Settings: Summary Document. Commissioned by Ako Aotearoa, 2009.
  • Co-author J. Greenwood.
  • "Shifting centres and margins: Preparing New Zealand student teachers to work to meet the needs of Māori students." Critical Literacies: Theories and Practices 4.1 (2010): 95-106.
  • Co-author J. Greenwood.
  • "Performance, language revitalisation and digital technology." New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education 3, 2011.
  • Co-author J. Greenwood.
  • "Creating Virtual Marae: An Examination of How Digital Technologies Have Been Adopted by Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand." International Exploration of Technology Equity and the Digital Divide: Critical, Historical and Social Perspectives. Ed. P.R. Leigh Charlotte: Information Age Press (2011): 58-79.
  • Co-authors J. Greenwood and N. Davis.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "Merger, mana, scholarship and power: four perspectives of issues impacting on quality in teacher education in the merger of college of education with university." Rotorua, New Zealand: 2006 New Zealand Association for Educational Research (NZARE) Conference, 5-8 Dec 2006.
  • Co-authors J. Greenwood, E. Mayo and L. Walker.
  • "How can you row the waka without paddles or paddlers?" Rotorua, New Zealand: 2006 New Zealand Association for Educational Research (NZARE) Conference, 5-8 Dec 2006. In Proceedings of the NZARE National Conference 2006 "Manaakitanga: Feel the Spirit" (2006): 6.
  • "Shifting centres and margins: preparing our student teachers in New Zealand." University of London, London, UK: Shifting Margins, Shifting Centres: Negotiating Difference in Education in the 21st Century, 17 Sep 2008. In Proceedings of Shifting Margins and Centres, (2008) : 10.
  • Co-author J. Greenwood.