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Veronica Tawhai BA, MEd (Hons)

Senior Lecturer

Te Putahi-a-Toi

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu 

Ms Tawhai lectures in policy and politics at Te Pūtahi a Toi. A recent recipient of the Fulbright-Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga scholar award, Ms Tawhai's fields of research and community work include the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori and youth political engagement, constitutional change, and electoral, civics and citizenship education. To date she has co-edited two books, authored several papers and presents widely on these issues. She is a member of Matike Mai Aotearoa, the Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation and is completing her PhD on the role of citizenship education in transforming indigenous-coloniser relations.   

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: ext 84365
    Location: 2.09, Te Putahi a Toi
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Policy and Maori Studies - Massey University (2002)
  • Masters of Education (Hons, 1st class) - Massey University (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Youth political participation and engagement

Maori political particiation, representation and engagement

Indigeneity and constitutional transformation

Electoral, civics and citizenship education

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Citizenship (160602):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Law And Legal Studies (180000): Maori Law (180200):
New Zealand Government and Politics (160608): Political Science (160600):
Specialist Studies in Education (130300):
Studies In Human Society (160000):
Te Tiriti O Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) (180203)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Tawhai, VMH., & Cheyne, CM. (2009). “Like, if it’s really important, they should be saying!” Research with Rangatahi Māori about Local Political Participation.. He Pukenga Kōrero. 9(1), 52-63
[Journal article]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2008). Teaching Diversity, Advancing Democracy: Challenges for Citizenship Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. 8(4), 153-160
[Journal article]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2008). Civics and Citizenship Education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Multidimensional Challenges. The Social Educator. 26(3), 5-10
[Journal article]Authored by: Tawhai, V.

Book

Warren, KTR., Forster, ME., & Tawhai, V. (2017). Tangata whenua: Māori identity and belonging. In T. Cain, E. Kahu, & RH. Shaw (Eds.) Tūrangawaewae: Identity and belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 53 - 69). 2017: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Forster, M., Tawhai, V., Warren, K.Edited by: Cain, T.
Tawhai, VM. (2016). Matike Mai Aotearoa! The power of youth-led decolonization education. In J. Hutchings, & J. Lee-Morgan (Eds.) Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, research and practice. (pp. 86 - 98). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2016). Indigenous peoples and indigeneity. In A. Peterson, R. Hattam, M. Zembylas, & J. Arthur (Eds.) The Palgrave international handbook on education for citizenship and social justice. (pp. 97 - 119). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015). Youth engagement. In J. Hayward (Ed.) New Zealand Government and Politics. (pp. 511 - 522). Melbourne, AU: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH., & Gray-Sharp, K. (Eds.) (2011). ‘Always speaking’: The Treaty of Waitangi and public policy. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Edited Book]Authored by: Tawhai, V.Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Waldon, J. (2011). Tamariki Maori: Protection and Rights of Maori Children. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) ‘Always Speaking’: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. 143 - 158). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2011). Nga tikanga katoa rite tahi: The Treaty and the electoral system. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) ‘Always Speaking’: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. 95 - 113). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Durie, MH. (2011). Foreword. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) ‘Always Speaking’: The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. ix - x). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Jahnke, H., & Warren, K. (2011). Full, exclusive and undisturbed possession: Maori education and the Treaty. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) 'Always Speaking': The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. 21 - 33). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Jahnke, H., Warren, K.Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Black, T. (2011). 'Ko Te Mana Tuatahi': The Treaty of Waitangi and Te Reo Maori. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) 'Always Speaking': The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. 9 - 20). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Gray-Sharp, K. (2011). O ratou kainga: Tino rangatiratanga and contemporary housing policy. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) 'Always Speaking': The Treaty of Waitangi and Public Policy. (pp. 191 - 212). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH., & Gray-Sharp, K. (Eds.) (2011). 'Always Speaking': The Treaty of Waitangi and public policy. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Edited Book]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2011). Nga tikanga katoa rite tahi: The Treaty and the Electoral System.. In VMH. Tawhai, & K. Gray-Sharp (Eds.) 'Always speaking': The Treaty of Waitangi and public policy.. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2011). Rangatahi Electoral Education. In M. Mulholland, & H. Tomlins-Jahnke (Eds.) Mana tangata: The politics of Maori empowerment. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Mulholland, G., & Tawhai, V. (Eds.) (2010). Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change. Wellington: Huia
[Edited Book]Edited by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2010). Citizenship and Education. In M. Mulholland, & VMH. Tawhai (Eds.) Weeping waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional change. (pp. 287 - 304). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2010). Rāwaho: In and Out of the Environmental Engagement Loop.. In R. Selby, P. Moore, & M. Mulholland (Eds.) Māori and the Environment: Kaitiaki. (pp. 77 - 94). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Mulholland, M., & Tawhai, V. (Eds.)Weeping waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional change. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers
[Edited Book]Authored by: Tawhai, V.

Thesis

Tawhai, VMH. (2007). He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka: Persevering with citizenship education in Aotearoa New Zealand. (Master's Thesis, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Tawhai, V.

Report

Tawhai, VM.(2014). Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi: Progress and Findings Report June 2014..
[Technical Report]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Andrews, R., Bell, A., Butler, P., Tawhai, V., & Walshaw, M.(2012). National identity and cultural diversity: A research project that looks at what Year 12 students say about identity in New Zealand: Summary of results. New Zealand: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Andrews, R., Butler, P., Tawhai, V., Walshaw, M.
Cheyne, CM., & Tawhai, VM.(2007). He wharemoa te rakau, ka mahue. Maori engagement with local government: Knowledge, experiences, and recommendations.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Cheyne, C., Tawhai, V.

Conference

Tawhai, VM., Karauria, K., Sharland, I., & Pitman, M. (2017, September). Constitutional transformation in Aotearoa – the Matike Mai project. Presented at Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2017, March). Educating for indigenous sovereignty – what do the experts say?. Presented at He Manawa Whenua Indigenous international research conference
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2017, August). Te Ata Kura Educators Philosophy. Presented at Diversity in Philosophy’ symposium. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2016, May). Decolonising indigenous youth leadership – Lessons learnt from Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi, New Zealand. Presented at Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2016, November). We will not stop talking about colonisation: Indigenous innovations in discussing the difficult. Presented at Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga International Indigenous research conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Simpson, T., Edwards, W., Wilson, C., & Tawhai, VM. (2016, September). In post-settlement New Zealand is ‘kotahitanga’ possible? A critical discussion about Māori unity. Presented at Kingitanga Day 2016
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.Contributed to by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM., & Carberry, JJ. (2016, December). Hikina te wairua: Critical consciousness and Māori student success. Presented at Tuia Te Ako Māori Excellence in Tertiary Teaching conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carberry, J., Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, November). Youth disrupting the discipline: The Matike Mai Aotearoa rangatahi project. Presented at New Zealand Political Studies Association conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, March). Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi. Presented at Kei Tua o Te Pae conference. Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Otaki, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, May). Rāwaho-Matawaka-Taurahere Local authority engagement. Presented at New Zealand Māori Council (NZMC) ‘Tatau Pounamu’ Representation and Governance conference. Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, September). Indigenous peoples and modern parliament – lessons from Māori youth.. Presented at Australiasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) conference. Parliament buildings, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2014, November). Co-existence Aotearoa: Re-visiting the bicultural continuum.. Presented at Massey University College of Humanities and Social Sciences ‘Ka Awatea’. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2014, November). Crisis or creativity? Participatory politics amoungst Aotearoa youth.. Presented at Maori Association of Social Scientists (MASS). Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, V., Waitoa, J., & Black, H. (2014, November). Te pae tata: use it or lose it. An analysis of Māori participation in the general election 2014.. Presented at MASS: Maori Association of Social Science Conference. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.Contributed to by: Warren, K.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, July). ‘Girl, they love us’: The GC, the Constitutional Conversation, and the ‘love’ in young Māori political engagement.. Presented at International Political Science Association (IPSA) conference. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, March). ‘Songs to our daughters’: Nurturing the next generation of warrior spirits.. Presented at International Womens’ Day. Spokane WA, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, July). Transformative Citizenship Education. Presented at He Manawa Whenua: Indigenous Research Conference. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2012, November). Liberatory, Restorative, Transformative Critical Pedagogy. Presented at MAI Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga Doctoral Conference. Christchurch, New Zealand,.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2011, January). ‘Too Cool For School’: Rangatahi and Re-Constructing the Politics of Participation. Presented at International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Conference Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development. Whakatane, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2011, January). ‘Too cool for school’: Rangatahi and re-constructing the politics of participation.. Presented at International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Conference Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development.. Whakatane, New Zealand..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM.No Fairytale Ending? Citizenship Education and the Indigenous in Aotearoa.. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2010, December). What, No Fairytale Ending? Citizenship Education and the Indigenous in Aotearoa.. Presented at Māori Association of Social Scientists (MASS) National Conference. Auckland, New Zealand..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2009, April). Getting Unstuck: the Role of Education in Reconciling Polarizations of Indigeneity, Equality and Citizenship.. Presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. San Diego, California.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2009, December). The Equality-Indigeneity Debate: Dialogues About Difference for Citizenship Education. Presented at Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2009, December). The equality-indigeneity debate: Dialogues about difference for citizenship education.. Presented at Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2009, April). Getting unstuck: the role of education in reconciling polarizations of indigeneity, equality and citizenship.. Presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. San Diego, California.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2008, March). Tu Ana Ki Te Marae, Tau Ana: Local Critical Citizenship Education in a Global Era.. Presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. New York, NY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM.Persevering With Citizenship Education in Aotearoa.. . Newcastle, New South Wales
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM.Teaching Diversity, Advancing Democracy: Challenges for Citizenship Education in Aotearoa. . Montreal, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2008, March). Tu ana ki te marae, tau ana: Local critical citizenship education in a global era.. Presented at American Educational Resarch Associations Annual Conference. New York, America.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2008, January). Persevering with citizenship education in Aotearoa.. Presented at Multidimensional Citizenship in a Changing World The Social Educators Association of Australia Biennial Conference. New South Wales, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2008, June). Teaching diversity, advancing democracy: Challenges for citizenship education in Aotearoa New Zealand.. Presented at 8th International Conference on Diversity. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2007). Moku te Ao: Conceptualising Wellbeing as the right to knowledge. Matauranga Takeake: Traditional Knowledges Conference. (pp. 127 - 132).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM.Moku Te Ao: Conceptualising Wellbeing as the Right To Knowledge. . Te Papa, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM.Moku Te Ao: Conceptualising Wellbeing as the Right To Knowledge. . Te Papa, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2006, June). Moku te ao: Conceptualising wellbeing as the right to knowledge. Presented at Matauranga Taketake: Traditional Knowledges Conference. Te Papa Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.

Other

Warren, K., & Tawhai, V. (2017, August). Te Tiriti o Waitangi & Te Whariki. In Early Childhood practitioners - Auckland Region.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V., Warren, K.Contributed to by: Warren, K.
Warren, KF., & Tawhai, V. (2017, August). Te Tiriti o Waitangi & Te Whariki. In Manawatu/Horowhenua Early Childhood Educators. Presented at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mana Tamariki.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V., Warren, K.Contributed to by: Warren, K.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, February). The Treaty of Waitangi, Māori sovereignty and Idle No More. Presented at Northwest Indian College Lummi campus.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, February). Ta te Maori titiro, Through Maori eyes; A Maori reflection on Maori in cinema. Presented at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2015, February). An examination of Maori issues through Maori art; Robyn Kahukiwa. Presented at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Warren, K., & Tawhai, V. (2015, May). Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Aotearoa & the Treaty of Waitangi. In Visiting international scholars from the University of Wyoming.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V., Warren, K.Contributed to by: Warren, K.
Tawhai, V. (2014, December). Te Tiriti o Waitangi & Maori Social Services. In Mokai Patea Services Trust.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.Contributed to by: Warren, K.
Tawhai, VM. (2014). Citizenship education and indigeneity – Considerations for educators in Aotearoa. (pp. 117 - 134). NZ: Te Mata o Te Tau Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship, Massey University.
[Other]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, July). Addressing the ‘casual undercurrent of racism’ in Aotearoa through citizenship education..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, January). Te ao Māori: The Māori world. Presented at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Pihama, L., Parker, A., Genia, E., Miller, D., Tawhai, VM., & Grabhorn, L. (2013, February). Treaty talk. Presented at The Evergreen State Longhouse Education and Cultural Centre, Olympia WA, USA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.Contributed to by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM., & Pihama,, L. (2013, February). Indigenous sovereignty and Idle No More. Presented at Northwest Indian College Port Gamble Sklallam site Longhouse, Kingston WA, USA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, February). Sovereignty: Discourse and effects in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, February). The battle for Indigenous environmental laws - Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at South Puget Sound College, Olympia, WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, March). Tihei mauri ora! The link between Māori education and constitutional transformation in Aotearoa. Presented at University of Washington, Seattle WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, March). Aotearoa is not for sale: The politics of indigenous environmental law recognition in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at Central Washington University, Ellensburg WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, March). The power of Indigenous student activity. Presented at Centre for Diversity and Social Justice, Central Washington University, Ellensburg WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, March). Wahine Toa: Māori women leadership. Presented at Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2013, April). Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the future of Aotearoa New Zealand. In Maui Community College, University of Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2011, September). Manu Ao Academy Lecture: a conversation with political educationalist Veronica Tawhai and political scientist Dominic O’Sullivan chaired by Maria Bargh..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VMH. (2011, September). Manu Ao MASS presentation - Maori political participation and education for the 2011 General Election and referendum on the electoral system..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.
Tawhai, VM. (2006, April). Determining Our Destiny: Rangatahi Perspectives. Presentation at the Human Rights Commission Symposium “Rangatiratanga Beyond 2006”.. Presented at Victoria University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Tawhai, V.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

  • 150.201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society
  • 150.204 Mana Māori: Māori and Politics
  • 150.301 Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: Māori Policy and the State
  • 150.701 Tino Rangatiratanga: Strategic Māori Development

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