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Arini Loader (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) is a lecturer in History at Victoria University of Wellington Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui. Her research interests include Māori and Indigenous history, languages and literatures. She is currently working on a research project with her Vic colleague Mike Ross on a collection of waiata, karakia, whakataukī and kōrero recorded by Māori taken captive from the battle of Rangiriri in 1863.