Awakening the taniwha: Unleashing community potential from the rubble of Covid-19

The unknown future provides a seedbed for creating new opportunity.

Why more Māori professors are essential for Aotearoa’s universities

Three newly appointed Māori professors at the University of Otago talk about why putting te ao Māori at the centre of their work is so important. 

Ngā manu ō Aotearoa: the shared history of birds in our Polynesian legends

The birds of Polynesian legend are part of birth, death, and everything in between. Now, a PhD thesis from the University of Otago undertakes the first ever in-depth exploration into the manu of mythology.

A life together: The rise of cohousing, papakāinga and the ‘social mortgage’

It's a way of living that is often mistaken for either a 'hippy commune' or a boarding house, but cohousing is slowly becoming a viable solution to New Zealand's growing housing needs. It's also a way of fighting the isolation and loneliness that is harming our collective wellbeing.

Ātea Otago Archive

Celebrating Te Huka Mātauraka, a home away from home for Dunedin’s Māori students

Te Huka Mātauraka, the University of Otago Māori Centre, celebrates its 30th birthday this year as a crucial part of life for the university's Māori students.

Corrections’ plan to use te ao Māori to reduce Māori incarceration rates

Hōkai Rangi is a recently-released strategy aiming to drastically lower the ratio of Māori in prison in New Zealand, using Māori strategy to do so.

Te Rā the sail, last of its kind

A team of University of Otago researchers and weavers will unlock the secrets of one of te ao Māori’s most precious taonga for the first time in more than 200 years.

Creating a place for Māori in the University of Otago’s 150 year history

When the University of Otago was founded 150 years ago the interests of local Māori were disregarded. But in the last 50 years, engagement with tangata whenua has become an essential part of the university's identity.

Maya meet Māori: the indigenous people learning from each other in Aotearoa

Four Mayan academics visited New Zealand to share their experiences of colonisation and spoke to The Spinoff about what indigenous people can learn from their shared experiences. 

This is us – but it does not have to be

Six days after the terror attack in Christchurch, the University of Otago launched its participation in the Give Nothing to Racism campaign. At the launch, Tuari Potiki spoke of the history of racism he, his whānau and marae have faced.

What Cook missed when he landed

The current New Zealand innovator of the year is on a mission to sear the real story of New Zealand’s discovery into the minds of a generation of New Zealanders.

One family, three generations of Māori doctors

Jack Tapsell is the product of a family dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Māori. The most recent University of Otago medical graduate talks to Leonie Hayden about carrying on the legacy of his father and grandfather.

A tale of tū cities: The role of Māori thinking in shaping our urban future

In her ceremonial inaugural lecture to mark her appointment as a professor, University of Otago Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett (Ngāti Whātua) examined the concepts of "identity in place".

How whakapapa led to one doctor losing her stomach and gaining her life

In the age of advanced genetics, whakapapa is a powerful tool against hereditary illness. Don Rowe talks to Dr Karyn Paringatai, the stomach-less doctor reconnecting whanau to save lives.

‘We’re setting whānau up to fail’: rethinking the Māori approach to obesity

It was a different direction for the trained physiotherapist, but Ricky Bell pursued groundbreaking research into holistic approaches to obesity in Māori because that's what his community needed.

How Ngāi Tahu turned a landmark settlement into a billion dollar iwi empire

Ngāi Tahu spent 150 years in poverty, dispossessed of the vast majority of their whenua and mahinga kai. Today, 20 years on from their landmark settlement with the Crown, they're sitting atop a billion dollar pūtea.