Story: Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori

Jane and James Ritchie

Jane and James Ritchie

Waikato University psychology professors Jane and James Ritchie developed close links with their local Māori community early in their academic careers. James Ritchie learned to speak Māori in the 1950s and loved to take part in haka. Jane’s work on preschool education for Māori children contributed to the development of kōhanga reo (Māori-language pre-schools). The couple founded Waikato University's Centre for Māori Studies and Research in the early 1970s. James Ritchie later became a trusted political advisor to the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement), and a close friend of its most senior representatives.

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Ranginui Walker, 'Māori Studies – ngā tari Māori - Māori studies expands to other universities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Ranginui Walker, published 22 Oct 2014