Dr Jen Martin

BA(Hons), BA/BCOM (Auck) , PhD (AUT)

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Ko Tarakeha te maunga,
Ko Te Ākau te moana,
Ko Tinana te waka,
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Te Taomauī te hapū
Ko Mātihetihe te marae

My background is in te reo Māori and Māori immersion education. I am a graduate of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae in West Auckland and hold BA/BCom and BA(hons) degrees from the University of Auckland. I am also a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo.

Te Reo Māori is one of my passions and an area I have consistently worked in over the years. As a graduate student I was employed as a senior tutor in Māori studies at the University of Auckland and I taught on various undergraduate Māori language papers. I went on to take up a full-time lecturing position at AUT University in 2008 where I taught te reo Māori for 5 years. I also have experience teaching te reo Māori in community education and professional development contexts. In May 2013 I returned to the University of Auckland and worked in Te Puna Wānanga as a researcher until I accepted an academic position in The Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the beginning of 2014. In July 2015 I accepted a position in Māori Studies.

In 2010 I was the recipient of a VC Doctoral Scholarship from AUT and, following my passion, I wrote my thesis in te reo Māori. My research combined my love of te reo Māori with my interest in Māori advancement through education. Using a Kaupapa Māori narrative research approach I considered the notion of educational success in the context of Kura Kaupapa Māori. I interviewed a number of Kura Kaupapa Māori graduates about their educational experiences and in using their stories, identified Māori expressions of educational success. I was awarded my PhD in August 2014.

My research interests include Māori language revitalisation and development, academic writing in te reo Māori, and Māori achievement and advancement through education.

Research | Current

  • Māori language revitalisation and development
  • Academic writing in te reo Māori
  • Māori achievement and advancement through education

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Lee, J., & Martin, J. (2015). Optimising Māori academic achievement. Paper presented at AKO Aotearoa National Project Fund and TLRI Colloquium V, Wellington, New Zealand. 31 August - 1 December 2015. Related URL.
  • Martin, J. H. (2015). Te reo ā-tuhi: The Dynamics of Academic Writing in an Indigenous Minority Language A Te Reo Māori Case Study. Paper presented at Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C, USA. 4 June - 6 November 2015. Related URL.
  • Lee, J., & Martin, J. H. (2015). More Māori space for doctoral study: Te Puna Wānanga Doctor of Education (EdD). Paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2015, Chicago, IL, USA. 16 April - 20 April 2015. Related URL.
  • Martin, J. H. (2014). He kura-hāpainga, he kura-waka, he kura-kōrero, he kura-huna, he kura-kura AUT University. AUT Research Gateway. Related URL.
  • Martin, J. H. (2012). He kura-huna - Māori expressions of educational success. Te Kaharoa, 5 (1), 109-118. Related URL.
  • Martin, J. H. (2012). He kura huna: Māori expressions of educational success. Paper presented at 4th Annual Meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Mohegan Sun Convention Centre, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA. 3 June - 6 June 2012. Related URL.


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Level 1, Room 115
New Zealand

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