2019 MAI Doctoral Conference


“Voyage to a new horizon”   Join us for the annual National MAI Doctoral Conference at Puketeraki Marae, North Otago, 14th-17thNovember 2019.  MAI ki Otago, with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, looks forward to hosting Māori postgraduate students from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The conference theme reflects our whakapapa as Polynesian voyagers on a new journey of discovery with our postgraduate research.


The programme at a glance:

  • Thursday 14thNovember:
    • informal gathering at Te Tumu, University of Otago campus 11.00am – 2.00pm
    • 3.00pm buses depart campus for Puketeraki Marae
    • 4.00pm Pōwhiri and evening talks from mana whenua
  • Friday 15thand Saturday 16thNovember: MAI site presentations, keynote speeches, optional waka paddling and Huriawa Pā Walk
  • Sunday 17th November: poroporoaki, formally finishing by 11.00am

The location: 

Puketeraki Marae is situated in Karitane 50 km north of Dunedin and overlooks Huriawa Peninsula and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The Tangata Whenua are Kāti Hurirapa. The Marae has great views of coast, the Waikouaiti river and surrounds. The village of Karitane is popular with cyclists and walkers and has tracks around the beach, estuary and peninsula. Karitane has a general store that does great coffee and there is holiday accommodation available on bookabatch and airbnb. Nearby Waikouaiti also has accommodation available at the Golden Fleece Hotel.

Extend your stay: join the writing retreat 

The MAI ki Otago writing retreat will be held from 18th - 21st November. You are invited to extend your stay and join us for this writing retreat.  Those also attending the MAI doctoral conference can stay over on the night of the 17th November. The writing retreat will begin with a pōwhiri on Monday morning and finishes with poroporoaki on Thursday lunchtime. Bring laptop & sleeping bag. 

MAI Doctoral Conference is well worth attending because it is:

“an opportunity to get feedback about your work from a very supportive audience. Even if you have just started your PhD you can get some very good ideas and direction from this conference. It is also a great place to network with other Māori scholars.​” Dr Pete Russell, MAI ki Otago Coordinator.

“an unique Māori multidisciplinary annual occasion to come together to be inspired by one another now and into the future.  A valuable conference for all, no matter what you’re studying” Professor Jacinta Ruru, Co-Director Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga