Niupepa (Māori language newspapers) – past, present, future
Celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori with us. The theme for 2018 is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori — 'Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.'
- Date: Thursday, 13 September, 2018
12:10pm to 1:00pm
Free. Booking is not required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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The history of Niupepa Māori
Niupepa Māori (Māori language newspapers) were produced by the government, churches, Māori and Pākehā from 1842 to the 1930s.
Four experts in the field, including Curator Māori, Paul Diamond, will explore the history, present and future of Niupepa from their early production through digitisation to being made publically accessible.
Niupepa a key tool of communication for Māori communities
Māori newspapers, Niupepa Māori, served as a key tool of communication for Māori communities to converse and comment on the political, social and economic issues of the day in Aotearoa.
Hear about the history and use of our Niupepa Māori collection
Join us for a dynamic discussion on the history and use of the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Niupepa Māori collection.
Paul Diamond will introduce the Māori newspapers, early beginnings.
Tracy Powell will then talk about the project to process scanned images from the Niupepa Collection, NZ Digital Library Project, University of Waikato, and deliver them on Papers Past, further enhancing access to the language and to the Māori world view of the time.
Following this Basil Keane, and Arapine Walker will share their experiences of using Niupepa Māori as researchers and the value of this rich resource.
About the speakers
Paul Diamond (Ngāti Haua, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), Alexander Turnbull Library Curator Māori will chair the discussion.
Basil Keane (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne) has worked as the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Director, Māori Digital Projects and has degrees in law and Māori studies. He has worked overseeing all Te Ara content from a Māori perspective. He now works at New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) as a Kairangahau Matua — Senior Researcher where he has recently has been involved in research for Te Ahu o te Reo: The Health of te reo Māori in Homes and Communities.
Arapine Walker (Te Arawa) is the Poutiaki Rauemi with the Services to Schools team in National Library’s Tāmaki Makaurau office. She is a passionate advocate of the Library working with kura kaupapa Māori to develop a more strategic and purposeful relationship, one that seeks to contribute to the revitalisation of te reo Māori and better education outcomes for Māori children.
Tracy Powell is a Digitisation Advisor at the National Library of New Zealand, working on projects and programmes such as the digitisation of historic newspapers for Papers Past.