The Team

Dr Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta

Māori (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu), Hawaiian, Cook Island Māori

Contact Details:

Phone: +64 9 921 999 extn 6609


BA(Hons), MA(Hons), PhD, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo

Research Areas:

Language revitalisation, the Māori oral tradition and performing arts, digital technology for the preservation and dissemination of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and the politics of identity and place, especially in relation to the Pacific diaspora.

Current Supervision:       


     Gloria Taituha (secondary)
     Rose Te Ratana (secondary)
     Jackie McRae-Tarei (secondary)

Selected Publications:

Barrett-Walker, T., Plank, M. J., Ka‘ai-Mahuta, R., Hikuroa, D., James, A. (2020). Kia kaua te reo e rite ki te moa, ka ngaro: Do not let the language suffer the same fate as the moa. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 17: 20190526. Retrieved from

Ka'ai-Mahuta, R. (2018). The Right to Return: Challenging Existing Understandings of ‘Citizenship’ in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In P. Calla & E. Stamatopoulou (Eds.), Walking and Learning with Indigenous Peoples, (pp. 66-81). New York City: Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University. Retrieved from

Mahuta, D., & Ka‘ai-Mahuta, R. (2017). Te matarua o te hangarau. MAI Journal, 6(3), 344-352. Retrieved from

Ka‘ai-Mahuta, R., Ka‘ai, T., & Moorfield, J. (Eds.) (2013). Kia Rōnaki – The Māori Performing Arts. Auckland: Pearson. Retrieved from

Ka‘ai-Mahuta, R. (2011). The impact of colonisation on te reo Māori: A critical review of the State education system. Te Kaharoa, 4(1), 195-225. Retrieved from