2019 Te Panekiretanga o te Reo, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
2016 PhD Education, Victoria University of Wellington
2004 Master of Arts (Applied) with First Class Honours (Applied
Linguistics), University of Waikato
1990 Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Hamilton Teachers’ College
1987 Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies/Linguistics), Victoria University of
Areas of expertise
- Early childhood education (language socialisation and acquisition)
- Te reo Māori
- Kaupapa Māori
Maraea is a passionate educationist whose career has included teaching in kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori, educational research and publishing, and strategic advisory roles.
She has recent research experience in te reo Māori use, wellbeing in schools, and partnerships between Māori organisations and the Department of Corrections. Her PhD study was a longitudinal kaupapa-Māori case study of reo Māori socialisation and acquisition by young children growing up in bilingual whānau.
Maraea is an experienced publisher, author, and resource developer. She has contributed to academic publications, learning resources for children, and support resources for teachers.
As Tumu Māori, Maraea leads CORE’s kaupapa Māori team.
- Alansari, M., Hunia, M., & Eyre, J. (2020). Racism in schools: A rapid review. NZCER.
- Boyd, S., Bright, N., Hunia, M., Lawes, E. (2021). Manaakitia ngā tamariki kia ora ai | Supporting children’s wellbeing: Learning from the experiences of six good-practice schools. Wellington: NZCER
- Hamer, P., Paul, J., & Hunia, M. (2021). Hōkai Rangi: Context and background to the development of Ara Poutama Aotearoa Strategy 2019-2024. In Practice: The New Zealand Corrections Journal (8)1.
- Hunia, M. (2006). Te Kete Kupu: He aratohu mā ngā kaiako. Wellington: Huia.
- Hunia, M. (2007). Tirohia Kimihia, He aratohu mā ngā kaiako. Wellington: Huia.
- Hunia, M. (2008). Te kupu pai ki ō taringa – kapohia! Wellington: Huia.
- Hunia, M. (2018). Tautokona te reo: The wellbeing of te reo Māori in kura and schools. Wellington, NZCER.
- Hunia, M. (2019). He aromatawai i roto i ngā kura. Unpublished report prepared for the Ministry of Education by Te Wāhanga–NZCER.
- Hunia, M., Bright, N., Keegan, P., & Overbye, S. (2020). Te Reo o te Rangatahi: Rangatahi exposure to, and use of, te reo Māori. Wellington. NZCER https://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/te-reo-o-te-rangatahi-explorative-study-rangatahi-exposure-and-use-te-reo-m
- Hunia, M., Keane, B., Bright, N., Potter, H., Hammond, K., Ainsley, R. (2018). Tautokona te reo: The wellbeing of te reo Māori in kura and schools. Wellington, NZCER. https://www.nzcer.org.nz/research/publications/tautokon
- Hunia, T.M. (2016). He kōpara e kō nei i te ata / Māori language socialisation and acquisition by two bilingual children: A case study approach. Doctoral thesis. Victoria University of Wellington.
- Hutchings, J., Higgins, R., Bright, N., Keane, B., Olsen-Reeder, V., Hunia, M. (2017). Te Ahu o te Reo Te reo Māori in homes and communities He Tirohanga Whānui. Wellington, NZCER.
- Phillis, T.O., (2012). Maumahara: The memories of Te Onehou Phillis. Otaki: Kapohia. [M. Hunia and T. Rangiheuea, eds.] [Winner: Te Tohu o Kupu Ora, Massey University Māori book awards]
- Pohe, S. (2015). Ākona te Raupapa o Te Arapū Māori: Mā te kaiako. Otaki: Kapohia. [M. Hunia, ed] Skerrett, M., & Hunia, M. (2010). Toitū te Reo: Evaluation of Tāiki E!, Haumi E!, Toi te Kupu and Eke Panuku. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education
by Kapohia Ltd.
- NZARE, Auckland, NZ (Nov 2018) Tautokona te Reo Māori.
- uLearn 2018 (2018) Tautokona te Reo Māori.
- NZARE 2017 (2017) Te Ahu o te Reo.
- Institute for Early Childhood Studies Autumn Research Seminar, Wellington, NZ. (10 May 2014). “Titiro – use your eyes: ‘Looking’ as a communicative cultural practice in bilingual first language socialisation.”
- Puliima National Indigenous Language and Technology Forum, Melbourne, AUS. (23-26 August 2013). “Growing up with Māori language from birth.”
- Ako Aotearoa Conference, Te Wananga o Raukawa, Otaki. (9-11 April 2013). Panel presentation.
- MAI Doctoral Conferences. (Lincoln, Dec 2012; Whakatane, Dec 2013; and Lincoln, 2014). “He kōpara e kō nei i te ata: Māori language acquisition and socialisation.”
Awards/ Fellowships/ Scholarships
2014 Ahumairangi PhD Scholarship, VUW
2011-2013 Victoria PhD Scholarship, VUW
I am thankful for the great minds and hearts who have guided me to “He hono tangata e kore e motu. Ka pā he taura waka e motu.”