Story: Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori

Maggie Papakura, around 1910

Maggie Papakura, around 1910

Mākereti (Maggie) Papakura is seen around 1910, probably in her whare at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, surrounded by books, cloaks, photographs and carvings. In 1905 she wrote a Guide to the hot lakes district, and in 1926 enrolled in anthropology at Oxford University. Her thesis was based on a lifetime's collection of notes and journals on her Te Arawa people. She died suddenly just before it was due for examination, and it was published in 1938 as The old-time Maori. This was the first major Māori studies publication by a Māori scholar.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand News Ltd Collection (PAColl-5996)
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Ranginui Walker, 'Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori - Pioneers of Māori studies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Ranginui Walker, published 22 Oct 2014