Dr Arapera Bella Ngaha

MA (Hons), PhD

Research | Current

  • The revitalisation of te reo Māori
  • Relationship between language and identity

Ka mimiti te puna i Hokianga, ka toto te puna i Taumarere.
Ka mimiti te puna i Tāumarere, ka totō te puna i Hokianga.

Arapera’s main research interests are concerned with the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Her doctoral study addresses Māori views on whether te reo is a language for all New Zealanders. That work is particularly concerned with the relationship between language and identity and how it underpins the responses from the Māori community as to whether they can support non-Māori to learn their language. She has been involved in several recent research studies in Māori communities, and is well-versed in appropriate modes of working within that paradigm.

Arapera also has research interests involving the Methodist Church, its origins in Aotearoa and the bicultural nature of the modern Methodist Church of New Zealand: Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa. This work provides insights into indigenous models of being and working in the 21st century.

Teaching | Current

MĀORI 201 Whakatakoto Reo Tuarua: Intermediate Written Māori

MĀORI 230 Te Ao Hurihuri / Te Tiriti o Waitangi

MĀORI 792B Tätari: Dissertation

MĀORI 744 Kaupapa Hōu: Special Topic: Māori Sociolinguistics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ngaha, A. (2016). What happens when a community withdraws? Managing relationships with an Indigenous community. In K. Taylor-Leech, D. Starks (Eds.) Doing research within communities : stories and lessons from language and education field research (pp. 39-47). New York: Routledge.
  • Ngaha, A., & Rogers, M. G. (2015). I nga wa o oku tupuna - Brief of Evidence to Waitangi Tribunal WAI 1040, WAI 1513.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28631
  • Ngaha, A., & Abel, S. (2012). So who should determine what is tika?. Paper presented at CEAD - Contemporary Ethnography Across Disciplines, Waikato University, Hamilton. 21 November - 23 November 2012. Related URL.
  • Ngaha, A. B. (2011). Te Reo, a language for Māori alone?: an investigation into the relationship between the Māori language and Māori identity The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/6761
  • Ngaha, A. (2010). Te Reo & identity: what's in a maunga?. Paper presented at 12th New Zealand Language & Society Conference, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 November - 23 November 2010.
  • Ngaha, A. B. (2009). Whose Research? Engaging in Academic Research in Māori Communities. Paper presented at 4th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Athens, Greece., Athens, Greece. 8 July - 11 July 2009.
  • Ngaha, A. B. (2009). Distance: the divide that stifles language learning - accelerates language loss. Paper presented at 2nd International Conference on Philology, Literature and Linguistics, Athens, Greece, July 13-16, 2009., Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece. 13 July - 14 July 2009.
  • Ngaha, A. B. (2006). A case study of language maintenance of te reo Maori within the Maori boarding School phenomenon of the 1960s - Linguistic survival strategies". Paper presented at ALAA 2006 Language and Languages: Global and Local Tensions, University of Queensland, Brisbane. 5 July - 8 July 2006.

Contact details

Primary office location

REHUTAI (ACADEMIC BLOCK) - Bldg 253
Level 2, Room 211
16 WYNYARD ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand