A range of outputs and publications will be made available during the duration of research project.


Whaanga H., Papa, W., Wehi, P.M., & Roa, T. (2013). The use of the Māori language in species nomenclature. Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, 2, 78-84. Link to article

Masters thesis

Papa, W. (2012). Ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao-mārama: Language is the key to understanding. The appropriate use of Te Reo Māori in the scientific names of new species discovered in Aotearoa New Zealand. Unpublished M.S., University of Waikato, Hamilton.


Whaanga H., Roa, T., Seed-Pihama, J., & Papa, W. (2013, 18-23 August). Towards a culturally-sensitive approach to the naming of new species. Symposium: Island biocultural diversity and traditional ecological knowledge. Joint British Ecological Society Conference and 11th INTECOL Congress: Into the Next 100 Years (four yearly meeting), London, UK.

Roa, T. (2013, 1-3 July). The importance of naming in Māori society is a relationship of mana. Paper presented at the He Manawa Whenua - Indigenous Research Conference 2013, Hamilton, NZ.

Papa, W. (2012, 3 September). Language is the key to understanding - Ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao-mārama at Te Toi o Matariki Māori Graduate Conference (University of Waikato), Hamilton.

Roa, T. (2011, 30th August). Kia rukuhia te ara manahau a Tāwhaki. Explore Tāwhaki’s pathway – triumphant. “He Hukatai, He Rehutai” Stones of Consolidation - Community Research Presentation Series & Research Workshop, Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa & Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa, Hamilton.

Roa, T., & Haereroa, B. (2011, 14 April). The ethics of Māori naming protocols: Exploring a Māori classificatory system of flora and fauna within Tainui waka – Panellist discussion on Mātauranga Māori & Science: working together. Kīngitanga Day 2011 (Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato) (2011, 14th April), Hamilton.

Whaanga, H. (2011, 2nd September). Language, Ecology, and Sense of Place: Exploring systems of naming flora and fauna in Tainui waka to Arts & Social Sciences & SMPD Language & Place Workshop, Hamilton, University of Waikato.

Research Reports

Whaanga, H., Roa, T., Seed-Pihama, J., Papa, W., Thompson, K., & Haereroa, B. (2012). Exploring a Māori classificatory system of flora and fauna. Auckland: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.