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Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Merata Kawharu


Wed 14 Nov 2018, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Lecture Title: "Making the Strange Familiar"

Māori communities are increasingly moving into social and economic innovation, yet they still face the realities of negative statistics in all areas of well-being. Like any community, other things concern them, including big challenges facing humanity like climate change. Treaty claim settlements are also a significant defining issue of modern times for Māori and New Zealand.

Since her Oxford studies in social anthropology, Merata has dedicated her academic life to addressing some of these issues, and more recently has developed models of entrepreneurship along with Professor Paul Tapsell. Merata has also written extensively on cultural knowledge and marae, also working on national boards and work with the UN, UNESCO and leaders in world heritage. A former Director of the James Henare Centre, Merata has won various awards for her publications and community work, including the MNZM for services to Māori education.

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Refreshments will be available after the Lecture.

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