Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Te Awekotuku has worked across the heritage, culture and academic sectors as a curator, lecturer, researcher and activist. Her areas of research interest include gender issues, museums, body modification, power and powerlessness, spirituality and ritual. She has been curator of ethnology at the Waikato Museum; lecturer in art history at Auckland University, and professor of Maori studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She was Professor of Research and Development at Waikato University. She and Marilyn Waring contributed the piece "Foreigners in our own land" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan. Although now retired, she continues to write.
Research into tā moko
Te Awekotuku has researched and written extensively on the traditional and contemporary practices of tā moko in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her 2007 (re-published in 2011) book Mau Moko: the world of Maori tattoo, co-authored with Linda Waimarie Nikora, was the product of a five-year long research project conducted by the Māori and Psychology Research Unit at Waikato University, funded by a Marsden Fund grant.
Research into the Māori way of death
In 2009 Te Awekotuku and Linda Waimarie Nikora received a $950,000 Marsden Fund grant as lead researchers in the Māori and Psychology Research Unit at Waikato University for the research project 'Apakura: the Maori way of death'. A further $250,000 was received from the Nga Pae o te Maramatanga National Institute of Research Excellence to explore past and present practices around tangihanga.
Visitors permit denial
In 1972, Te Awekotuku was denied a visitors permit to the USA on the grounds that she was a homosexual. Publicity around the incident was a catalyst in the formation of Gay Liberation groups in New Zealand. This may have been related to a TV interview she gave in 1971, in which she described herself as a 'sapphic woman'
- He tikanga whakaaro: Research ethics in the Maori community: A discussion paper Ministry of Māori Affairs
On art and artists
- E ngaa uri whakatupu - weaving legacies : Dame Rangimarie Hetet and Diggeress Te Kanawa, Hamilton: Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, 2015. ISBN 9780473326036
- 'Traditions endure : Five Maori Painters at Auckland Art Gallery', Art New Zealand, Winter 2014, no. 150, pp. 58–61.
- 'A glorious tradition', Art New Zealand, Winter 2003, no.103.
- Unveiling our hidden treasures : the Seventh Pacific Festival of Arts 1996;', Art New Zealand, Summer 1996/1997, no. 81, pp. 42–45,84.
- 'Forgiving, but never forgetting : Shared Visions at the Auckland City Art Gallery', Art New Zealand, Winter 1996, no. 79, pp. 74–77.
- 'He Take Ano: Another Take - Conversations with Lisa Reihana', Art New Zealand, Spring 1993, no. 68, pp. 84–87
- 'Kura Te Waru Rewiri', Art New Zealand, Spring 1993, no. 68, pp. 91–93
- Mana wahine Maori: Selected writings on Maori women's art, culture and politicsAuckland: New Woman Press, 1991. ISBN 0908652631
- 'Art and the spirit', New Zealand Geographic, Jan/Mar 1990, no. 5, pp. 93–97.
- 'Mats of the Pacific', Art New Zealand, Spring 1989, no. 52, pp..88-90
- 'Te whakahoutanga o Te Winika (The restoration of Te Winika)', New Zealand Listener, 28 November 1987, p. 67.
- 'Ngahuia Te Awekotuku in conversation with Elizabeth Eastmond and Priscilla Pitts’, Antic, no. 1, 1986.
On tā moko
- 'Tā Moko: Māori Tattoo', in Goldie, (1997) exhibition catalogue, Auckland: Auckland City Art Gallery and David Bateman, pp. 108–114.
- 'More than Skin Deep', in Barkan, E. and Bush, R. (eds.), Claiming the Stone: Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity (2002) Los Angeles: Getty Press, pp. 243–254.
- Ta Moko: Culture, body modification, and the psychology of identity, paper given at the The Proceedings of the National Māori Graduates of Psychology Symposium 2002.
- Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, with Linda Waimarie Nikora, Mohi Rua, your face: wearing Moko – Maori facial marking in today’s world, paper given at Tatau/Tattoo: Embodied art and cultural exchange conference, Victoria University of Wellington, 21–22 August 2003.
- Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, with Linda Waimarie Nikora, Mohi Rua and Rolinda Karapu, Mau moko : the world of Māori tattoo, Auckland: Penguin Books, 2011. ISBN 9780143566854
On death in Maori culture
- Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Linda Waimarie Nikora, and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, 'Manaakitanga: Ethical research with Māori who are dying', in M. Agee, T. McIntosh, P. Culbertson, & C. Makasiale (eds.), Pacific Identities and Well-Being - Cross Cultural Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2003, pp. 188–203.
- Vincent Malcolm-Buchanan, Lina Waimarie Nikora and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Cloaked in Life and Death: Korowai, kaitiaki and tangihanga, MAI Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, 2012.
- Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Linda Waimarie Nikora, and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, 'End-of-life care and Māori whānau resilience', MAI Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 140–152.
- Interview with Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, 'Nine to Noon programme, RNZ National, 25 June 2013
- Ngahuia Te Awekotuku: Sustaining the art of moko presentation for the Royal Society of New Zealand, June 2014
- Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, 2012 page 553.
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- Ngahuia, Te Awekotuku, (1 January 1981). "The sociocultural impact of tourism on the Te Arawa people of Rotorua, New Zealand". Researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
- "Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku". Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- "Table of Contents: Sisterhood is global :". Catalog.vsc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
- "New Year honours list 2010". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Mau Moko - The World of Māori tattoo". Waikato University. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- Tahana, Yvonne (24 July 2014). "Mau Moko - The World of Māori tattoo". NZ Herald. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia (21 September 2012). "The rise of the Maori tribal tattoo". BBC.com. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- Higgins, Rawinia. "Tā moko – Māori tattooing - Contemporary moko". Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- "Prestigious grant for Waikato Uni research into the Maori way of death". Waikato University. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- "Birth of the gay movement - Homosexual law reform | NZHistory, New Zealand history online". Nzhistory.net.nz. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
- "A Chronology of Homosexuality in New Zealand - Part 1 - Queer History New Zealand".