Māori research projects

Victoria University of Wellington’s researchers produce leading research in Māori knowledge and development. Find out more about recent projects.

Book casts new light on Treaty settlement process

A new book, written by a Victoria University of Wellington academic, argues that genuine and durable reconciliation can occur only when the importance of Māori legal traditions in the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process is recognised.

Helping families maintain Māori language

Finding the most effective methods for families to increase and normalise the use of Māori language in their homes is the focus of new research from Victoria University of Wellington.

Reviving ancient Māori knowledge

The aims of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions are to find modern day uses for ancient Māori astronomical knowledge (tātai arorangi).

Māori in Australia disengaged with politics

Māori living in Australia are increasingly disengaged with politics, says Māori Studies lecturer and political scientist Dr Maria Bargh.

First ever dictionary of legal Māori terms

Lecturers, senior students and graduates from the Faculty of Law are compiling the first ever dictionary of legal Māori terms which will be published in 2013.

Reversing decline of te reo Māori

A Victoria University of Wellington researcher wants to find out what helps people become active users of the Māori language to try to reverse the decline in speaker numbers.

Understanding Māori television

The first in-depth analysis of Māori Television by university researchers will shed light on the impact and significance of the indigenous broadcaster.

Hangi stones lead to collaboration

A study to investigate the use of hangi stones, lava and sediment records could be used to map changes in the Earth’s magnetic field.

New App makes learning Māori fun

New mobile app developed by the University’s Wellington Faculty of Education, Te Kura Māori, looks set to change the way New Zealanders learn te reo Māori.