Margie Kahukura Hohepa

Ngā Puhi

1960 -

Margie Hohepa was born in Auckland, the daughter of Pat and Sally Hohepa. She was educated at Matipo Primary, Te Atatu Intermediate, Wainuiomata College, Wellington East Girls’ College and Rutherford High School. She attended the University of Auckland and Auckland Teachers’ College from which she graduated with a B.A., an M.A. (Hons) in Education, and a Dip.Tching. She has attended a Ngāti Raukawa Immersion Course at Otaki and has been involved with Otatara Marae and Hoani Waititi Marae. Margie writes non-fiction articles and poetry. She is currently enrolled for a PhD as a part-time student. Her research is on early bilingual and literacy development of children in Te Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. Her married name is Margie Ratapu.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence with Margie Hohepa 18 Nov, 1992 and 22 Sept. 1998.
  • Te Ao Hou 43 (1963): 45.


  • An Evaluation of a School Retention Policy: Evaluation of School Community Liaison and Curriculum Advisory Policies and Programmes. Wellington, N.Z.: Quest Rapuara, August, 1991.
  • Co-authors Jennie Harre Hindmarsh, Margie Hohepa and Waimatao Murphy.
  • "Te Kohanga Reo Hei Tikanga Ako i te Reo Māori: Te Kohanga Reo As A Context For Language Learning." Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology 12.3 and 4 (1992): 333-346.
  • Co-authors Margie Hohepa, Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Stuart McNaughton. In their abstract, the authors state "Te Kohanga Reo is an indigenous educational intervention aiming to recover Māori language usage, a need anticipated in early research by Clay (1968). This paper argues that understanding the effectiveness of Te Kohanga Reo for language development and for classroom discourse requires two things. Firstly, a theoretical framework which enables language acquisition to be seen as culturally contextualised and secondly research strategies that enable cultural contexts to be understood. A study of language use in Te Kohanga Reo provides evidence for how language use and processes of acquisition express and construct cultural meanings."
  • "Hokianga Waiata a Nga Tupuna Wahine: Journeys through Mana Wahine - Mana Tane." Te Pua 2.1 & 2 (1993): 24-26.
  • Through various waiata of her tupuna wahine, Hohepa acknowledges her perception of mana wahine as "part of something that also recognises and incorporated mana tane", an inclusive rather than exclusive philosophy. Through the different waiata Hohepa demonstrates the variety of responses to men. She writes that "[t]hese reflections on waiata of tupuna wahine and talks with my dad were given at Tamaki Makaurau Māori Women Writers’ Festival, 13 September 1993, Te Taumata Art Gallery."
  • "Historical and Contemporary Issues in Māori Literacy." Contemporary Racism In Australia Canada And New Zealand: Selected Papers From The Conference On Racism, Aboriginality, Ethnicity And Gender. Ed. J. Collins. U of Technology Sydney, Australia, December 9-11, 1993. Sydney, U of Technology. 353-369.
  • Co-authors M. Hohepa and K. Jenkins.
  • "Us Kids." Te Pua 3.2 (1994): 42-46. Rpt. in Growing up Māori. Ed. Witi Ihimaera. Auckland, N.Z.: Tandem, 1998. 58-63.
  • Hohepa discusses her childhood and comments on the issue of disciplining children.
  • "The Māori and Pacific Islands School Retention Policy 1990-91: Lessons learned. New Zealand." Journal of Educational Studies. 30.2 (1995): 119-133.
  • Nga Kakano I Ruia Mai: Māori Families, Child Socialisation and Social Change. The James Henare Māori Research Centre, University of Auckland, N.Z., 1995.
  • Co-authors Dorothy Urlich Cloher and Margie Hohepa.
  • "Māori Pedagogies and the Roles of the Individual". New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. 31.1, 29-40.
  • Co-authors M. Hohepa, S. McNaughton, and K. Jenkins.
  • "Te tu a Te Kohanga Reo I Waenganui I Te Whanau Me Te Tikanga Poipoi Tamariki: Māori Families, Child Socialisation and the Role of Kohanga Reo." He Pukenga Kōrero: A Journal of Māori Studies. 1.2 (1996): 33-41.
  • Co-authors Dorothy Cloher, Dorothy Urlich and M. Hohepa.
  • He arotakenga pukapuka: An Evaluation of Māori Medium Learning Materials Produced by Te Pou Taki Kōrero. Prepared for the Ministry of Education, Auckland, N.Z. Uniservices Ltd., University of Auckland, N.Z., 1996.
  • Co-authors M. Hohepa, and L. Smith.
  • "Te Kohanga Reo: Risk Breaking, Risk Taking." Enhancing Children’s Potential: Minimising Risk and Maximising Resiliency. Proceedings of the Children’s Issues Centre Second Child & Family Policy Conference, 2-4 July, 1997, Dunedin, N.Z. Ed. Nicola J. Taylor & Anne B. Smith. U of Otago: Children’s Issues Centre, 1998.
  • "Why I Haven’t Been Attending the Court Case to Cecide what `Iwi’ Means." Economics, Politics & Colonisation Volume 3: Fisheries and Commodifying Iwi. Auckland, N.Z.: IRI/Moko Productions 1998
  • Papers/Presentations

  • "The Politics of Māori and Pacific Island Education: The Case of the School Community Liaison and Curriculum Advisory Policies 1990-19991." Presented at NZARE Conference, 1991.
  • Co-authors J. Harre Hindmarsh, M. Hohepa and W. Murray.
  • "Māori Pedagogies, the Role of the Individual and Language Development." Presented at the AARE Conference, 1992.
  • Co-authors M. Hohepa, K. Jenkins & S. McNaughton.
  • Theses

  • "Te Kohanga Reo: Hei Tikanga Ako i te Reo Māori. Te Kohanga Reo as a Context for language learning." M.A. Diss. U of Auckland. No further details.
  • Traditional

  • "He Poroporoaki: Taimihinga Shirley Potaka (nee Taua)." Te Pua I:1 (1992): iv.