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Author: Alice Te Punga Somerville & Wanda Ieremia-Allan

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The podcast that shares research and ideas related to the research project 'Writing the New World: Indigenous texts 1900-1975' - led by Alice Te Punga Somerville and supported by the Marsden Fund. The podcast is co-produced and hosted by Wanda Ieremia-Allan. Sixteen Indigenous researchers have worked with Alice on this journey of connecting with the massive, multilingual and rich legacy of writing in the Pacific region. This podcast celebrates what can happen when we connect across generations, archives, disciplines, institutions, communities, experiences, and perspectives.
19 Episodes
Taualuga series: final episode. Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville  discusses the inspiration behind the podcast; 'being too political', the 'Modernist' vibe and historical oppression in and by NZ Literary Studies.This concludes a five month project of collaborative research which involved the acquisition of new digital, media skills, the tenacity to keep the momentum going and the conviction  to mediate and keep telling 'our stories' in our own ways. The podcast has been co-produced (actually almost entirely created) by PhD student and WTNW researcher Wanda Ieremia. Please revisit and share previous episodes. Fa'afetai tele lava to the 'Writing the New World' whanau for your time and energy. KIA ŌRA, TĒNĀ KOUTOU, MEITAKI MA'ATA, FA'AFETAI, MALO 'AUPITO, VAIE'E, FAKAUE LAHI, VINAKA!
Second episode of the Taualuga Series. Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville discusses archives, structural inequalities and the innovative methodological engagement by Indigenous and Pacific student researchers. Listen in to one last forthcoming podcast  to complete our 'Writing the New World' podcast project. No neira, Mālo fa'afetai.
"What are the stakes of the things that we've already forgotten; how do we make sure we connect our memories; how we do we find, track down, remember, acknowledge, learn from and intellectually engage with the work that our people have already done?"This episode features Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville's korero on her "little bit in this really interconnected, intergenerational, multilingual whakapapa of intellectual thought of the (Pacific) region".Introducing the 'Taualuga series' of 'Writing the New World' podcast project; which provide the vision, conceptual framing and some of the expected and surprising outcomes of the 'Writing the New World' project. This finale of korero features interviews by 'Writing the New World' scholarship students Ammon Apiata and Wanda Ieremia with the project lead researcher and visionary, Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville. They discuss many topics including the importance of connecting newer scholars to the rich historical intellectual work of 'missing generations'. In the three podcasts of this 'Taualuga' series, Alice discusses archives, intergenerational and multilingual work and Pacific and Indigenous literature. Look out for forthcoming remaining interviews of this 'Taualuga series' of the 'Writing the New World' podcast project. Fa'afetai Assocate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville. Whakarongo mai and enjoy.
Fakaalofa lahi atu! ‘Faliki e tau momoui he tau atuhau ke he Vagahau Niue’ which in English translates to, “Lay the foundations - give rise to Vagahau Niue for generations".The episode of our podcast series - which was first released for Niue Language Week 2020 - features our very own Niue scholars, Postdoc research fellow Dr Jess Pasisi and Corianton Poimatangi who are, in their work, centering Niue knowledges, building research communities and searching for 'Niue Happiness'."We grew up in ways that are still very intimately tied to what it means to be a Niue person. Ultimately what we are doing is caring for our culture, that is the key to Niue people doing Niue research".
"I've reconnected with my family; I've never met my grandparents or great grandparents but I feel very connected to them now that I've read their writing.. I've read their feau, I've read ther momoliga alofa, soalaupule - aspiration for the next generation. I didn't have the privilege of hearing first hand from them and this is what archives (work) does. Although they were writing to a public, wider audience.. I read their work personally as an Indigenous researcher and a Samoan woman because I am connected to them, I have personal stakes (and responsibilities) in relation to their work."'Writing the New World' researcher and PhD student Wanda Ieremia-Allan explores her childhood memories of the delapidated London Missionary Society Malua Print house in Samoa as inspiration for her study of the cosmopolitan, Pan Pacific, early twentieth century Samoan literary cultures that stretched from as far as Torres Strait Islands to San Diego, US and New Zealand.
'Writing the New World' researcher Vula Utonivaya and 'Pacific Texts' researcher and student Adi Inoke discuss Indigenous Fijian voices in 'Na Mata': a nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial Fijian government newspaper. In celebration of 2020 Fijian Language Week, this podcast discusses the importance of early Fijian language texts; as a way to remember long forgotten proverbs and idioms and historical events which resonate with us today.Happy Fijian Language Week! Vinaka vaka levu Vula and Adi. Enjoy!
"We should have autonomy over the language we write in." Waikato Students' Union President, 'Nukutawhiti' Editor and 'Writing the New World' researcher Kyla Campbell-Kamariera talks frankly about the politics of publishing in NZ university student newspapers in the 1970s and now.Kyla talks about how her 'Writing the New World' research findings strengthened her resolve to make history at The University of Waikato and 'Nexus' Student Newspaper by launching 'Nukutawhiti' - a Te Reo Māori Student newspaper in September 2020.Thank you Kyla for your activism, thank you for sharing your important story. Whakarongo mai!
Introducing three of our 2019 & 2020 'Writing the New World' student researchers who navigated archival waters in search of Indigenous and Pacific voices. Their discussions on research findings provide great lessons for other Pacific and Indigenous undergraduate students contemplating research paths.Ko wai tō ingoa? He aha te tikanga o tō ingoa? Nō hea tō ingoa? Listen to Saumaleulua, Areta and Siutu share stories of their names, whakapapa and family stories as a way to connect with archival research.
Whakanuia Te Reo Māori!BONUS EDITION: In celebration of Māori Language week, Te Reo Māori Education specialist Beau Stowers speaks with ‘Writing the New World’ researchers Ammon Apiata and Areta Ranginui Charlton about early Twentieth Century Māori Language Texts and their importance in the revitalization of Te Reo Māori. Hei whakanui i tō tātou Reo Māori, i huihui a Beau Stowers, rātou ko Ammon Apiata, ko Areta Ranginui Charlton ki te matapaki i ngā tuhinga reo Māori tawhito me te kōrerorero mō te hiranga o te reo ā-tuhi i roto i ngā kaupapa whakahaumanu reo Māori. Whakarongo mai, mātakitaki mai!
Mālō e lelei, Happy Tongan Language Week! Happy Uike Lea Faka-Tonga!As part of the 'Writing the New World' commitment to profiling Indigenous Voices through early twentieth century Indigenous Language Texts, the 'Writing the New World' project had the pleasure of profiling the research work undertaken by the soon to be Dr Elisapesi Hepi Havea and Mele Latunipulu. It was also a crucial opportunity to talk about promoting and integrating our Indigenous Tongan language texts into children's education.  Here is the 'Writing the New World' Tongan Language BONUS EDITION. It is titled 'Elisapesi Hepi Havea and Mele Latunipulu: Connecting with Tongan Language Literature'.
A celebration of Tongan Literature with Mele Latunipulu and (soon to be Dr) Elisapesi Hepi Havea, in which they discuss a twentieth first century (re)reading of Professor Konai Helu Thaman's 1974 classic poem 'You, the choice of my parents'. Given its resonance in Tonga and abroad during the peak of 1970s Feminist movement, what meanings are ascribed to it now? What does a re-reading of this poem provide a new audience?
Temau'onukuhiva Teikitekahioho-Wolff's 'Writing the New World' research on early twentieth century Hawaiian Language Newspapers draws on his multilingual heritage to not only appreciate the nuances and might of resistance writing in early twentieth century Hawaii texts; but also the history of Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. Tema'u discusses his research findings; in particular the importance of 'writing from the Na'au, kaona - hidden meanings and the "Poetry that is Hawaiian language"An appropriate release on Aotearoa NZ's Fathers' Day, this podcast on Tema'uonukuhiva's research journey honours and pays tribute to his late Grandfather Martin "Koroheke" Te'ikitekahioho; an orator, elder, 
How does one draw on Māori spiritual concepts to translate the Christian gospel? What are the critical points of tension? Who was thinking about these questions one hundred and five years ago; who is thinking about them now? 'Writing the New World' researcher Ammon Apiata discusses his research journey into the first and revised editions of 'Ko te Pukapuka o Moromona'. He shares his journey of: facing his fears; finding his Reo; following important footsteps and forging a pathway for future Indigenous researchers with his writing.
Special episode produced to launch on NZ's National Poetry Day 2020: Indigenous poets Mere Taito, Essay May Ranapiri and Alice Te Punga Somerville read poems that respond to Indigenous archives... in conversation with podcast host Wanda Ieremia-Allan.
Introducing 'Writing the New World' researcher Stacey Kokaua in conversation with her father Dr Jesse Kokaua about her finding Kuki 'Airani voices in the Hocken Collections, University of Otago. Dr Jesse and Stacey talk about the wide range of Cook Islands voices in periodicals (newspapers, magazines etc) from the mid twentieth century.This is the fourth of four episodes featuring Cook Islands researchers connected to the project. Meitaki maata Dr Jesse and Stacey Kokaua for your valuable contribution.
Our third Cook Islands-focused podcast episode features Emma Emily Ngakuraevaru Powell, a PhD student at Va'aomanū Pasifika, Victoria University of Wellington, who is currently based in Rarotonga with an association with the University of the South Pacific, Cook Islands campus. This episode joins three other episodes featuring Cook Islands scholars. Meitaki maata to our Kuki 'Airani family at USP Cook Islands for this special collaboration.
Introducing our second regular Cook Islands podcast featuring Marylise Dean from the University of Waikato. Marylise hails from the Cook Islands heartland of Tokoroa and is completing her Hons in Pacific & Indigenous Studies at the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies. Check out three other  full-length episodes featuring Cook Islands scholars in this series.
Introducing our first Cook Island Language podcast featuring Vainetutai Parima from the University of the South Pacific, Cook Islands discussing the importance of safeguarding our Indigenous Archives. A special treat for speakers and learners of te Reo o Kuki 'Airani, this episode is nearly 40 mins of your beautiful reo. Three more episodes featuring other Cook Islands scholars will be released over the next few days.Meitaki maata to our Kuki 'Airani family at USP Cook Islands for this special collaboration.
Celebrating Cook Islands Language Week 2020 by sharing the words of some amazing Cook Islanders... writers from the past, and students + scholars from today.As Mama Marjorie Crocombe said in the Pacific literary journal 'Mana' back in 1974, "The Canoe is Afloat!" This 'Bonus' language week episode accompanies four longer podcast episodes that feature a different Cook Islands scholar (based in Tokoroa, Wellington, Dunedin and Rarotonga) who has worked with Kuki 'Airani writing as part of the 'Writing the New World' project.Keep in the loop by liking our facebook page @WritingTheNewWorldpodcast or following us on twitter @WritgTheNewWrld
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