'Ara Mai he Tētēkura' presents the experiences of new and emerging Māori academics as a guide for others aspiring to follow.
Whitinui, P., M. Glover and D. Hikuroa (Eds). Ara Mai he Tētēkura. Visioning our Futures; New and Emerging Pathways of Māori Academic Leadership. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2013.
Editors Paul Whitinui (Ngā Puhi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī) Marewa Glover (Ngāpuhi) and Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui and Te Arawa) bring together a book that explores the experiences of new and emerging Māori academics responding to the need to create space for new and emerging Māori academic leaders to speak openly about what leadership means both personally and professionally.
In 2010 Professor Sir Mason Durie oversaw the creation of the Te Manu Ao Academy at Massey University, designed to advance Māori academic leadership. In partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the course looked to develop participants' thinking around effective leadership principles, values and ideas. This book takes inspiration from that programme and is distinctive in its focus on the experiences of emerging academics as an indicator of the future of Māori academic leadership.
The book's title Ara Mai he Tētēkura is explained as being drawn from the whakataukī "Mate atu he tētē kura, ara mai he tētē kura". The meaning "when the fern frond dies, another rises in its place", encapsulates the notion of successive Māori leadership and the need for contemporary leaders to follow those leaders who have paved the way for Māori, particularly in academia.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.