The Team

Professor Tania Ka'ai

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

Contact Details:

Phone: +64 9 921 999 extn 6601


Dip Tchg, BEd, MPhil, PhD, CertMDP

Research Areas:

Language revitalisation strategies such as digital dictionaries, with a focus on the reo Māori (the Māori language) and Pacific languages, Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies, Māori education

Current Supervision:       


        John Patolo (primary)
        Nogiata Tukimata (primary) 
Donna Grant (primary)
Jessica Worchel-Bunce (primary)                               

        Yo Heta-Jensen (secondary)

        Joanna Rogers (primary)

Read more about what it's like to have Professor Ka'ai as a supervisor here.

Selected Publications:

Ka'ai, T. M. (2020).  Aotearoa / New Zealand.  In S. J. Minton (Ed.). Residential schools and indigenous peoples from genocide via education to the possibilities for processes of truth, restitution, reconciliation and reclamation.  Routledge Research in Internationa & Comparative Education.  Oxfordshire, United Kingdom:  Routledge.

Ka'ai, T. M. (2019). Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi:  A remarkable life.  Wellington, New Zealand:  Huia Publishers.

Ka‘ai, T. M. (2018). Okea ururoatia:  The regeneration of native Māori language speakers in Aotearoa New Zealand.  In A. Sherris & S. Penfold (Eds.). Rejecting marginalized status: Educational projects and curricula pushing back against language endangerment. Bristol, United Kingdom:  Multilingual Matters.

Ka'ai, T. (2017)  Te Whare Matihiko o Te Reo - Digital tools for the revitalisation of te reo Māori.  In H. Whaanga, T. T. Keegan & M. Apperley (Eds.). He Whare Hangarau Māori - Language, culture & technology. Hamilton, New Zealand:  Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao. Retrieved from

Ka'ai, T. (2017) Great-grandfather, please teach me my language.  Multilingua:  Journal of Cross-cultural and interlanguage communication Special Issue:  In honor of Joshua Fishman, 36(5), 541-563.  doi:  10.1515/multi-2017-3044