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Publishing science in Te Reo Māori

"Publishing in te reo Māori is exciting and meaningful for New Zealanders because it gives mana to our indigenous culture and acknowledges the connection that exists between language and our identity. It provides the platform for science and Māori culture to coalesce, and find common ground based on principles and values."

Our researchers were proud to publish the article Community‐level flammability declines over 25 years of plant invasion in grasslands in the Journal of Ecology, with an abstract translated into Te Reo Māori.

Translator Dr Valance Smith says that ancient Māori were researchers and scientists and that mainstream is coming to appreciate the value mātauranga Māori can bring to research.

“Mai rā anō o tātou tīpuna he kairangahau, he kaipūtaiao, e huri i te ao, e huri ngā tikanga, ka huri mai te ao ki ngā mātāpono, ki ngā mātauranga o te ao Māori hei oranga mō te ao pūtaiao.” – Dr Valance Smith, Kaiwhakamāori


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