Karyn Paringatai

Ngāti Porou

"Karyn has recently completed her PhD looking at the causes of Māori migration to Southland in the 1960s and 1970s and the effects on the children of those migrants growing up away from their tribal areas in terms of their identity as a Māori person. She completed her MA in 2004 which looked at the literature written about poi prior to the 1920s and has also researched in the area of analysing the meanings of haka and waiata compositions. She has also published readers written in Māori."

Biographical sources

  • http://www.otago.ac.nz/te-tumu/staff/otago083355.html 2 December 2016


  • "Ngā mahi a Tāne-rore me Te Rēhia: Performing arts." Ki te Whaiao: An introduction to Māori culture and society. Ed. T. M. Ka'ai, J. C. Moorfield, M. P. J. Reilly and S. Mosley. Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Longman, 2004.
  • Co-author N. W. Matthews.
  • "Poia atu taku poi: Unearthing the knowledge of the past." Junctures 4 (2005): 23-34.
  • Nā wai ngā pihikete i tāhae? Wellington, N.Z.: Ministry of Education, 2005.
  • Taku papa hūpekepeke. Wellington, N.Z.: Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga / Ministry of Education, 2005.
  • Co-author R. Payne.
  • Scoping report: Indigenous Professional Association: Te Kāhui Atawhai o Te Motu. Dunedin, N.Z.: Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies, University of Otago, 2006.
  • Co-authors T. Ka'ai and R. Higgins.
  • Poia mai taku poi: A history of poi: A critical review of written literature on the poi in New Zealand and the Pacific. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.
  • "Adding 'local' flavour to the Māori language curriculum.' He Pukenga Kōrero 11.1 (2012): 21-29.
  • Co-authors T. Rewi and W. Hokowhitu.
  • "Prime Minister's Supreme Award." Excellence (2014): 9-16.
  • "A return to the "dark ages"." Akoranga 10, (2014): 10-12.
  • "Māori identity development outside of tribal environments." Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work 26.1 (2014): 47-54.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "The impact of contextualising learning on student understanding of the Māori language curriculum in Te Tumu." Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. K. Shephard, T. Harland & A. Cohen (Eds.), Dunedin, N.Z.: HEDC, University of Otago, 2011.
  • Co-author T. Rewi.
  • "“We’re singing in the dark?!?” A pre-European Māori method of teaching in a tertiary institution." Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. Ed. J. McDonald, S.-K. Loke, A. McLean and M. Rajoo. Dunedin, N.Z.: HEDC, University of Otago, 2013.
  • Theses

  • "Kua riro ki wīwī, ki wāwā: The causes and effects of Māori migration to Southland." (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2013.