Notes for contributors

Preparation of manuscripts

All manuscripts (apart from letters and book reviews) will be refereed, usually by two assessors.

Please submit four paper copies initially, double-spaced with a wide margin, and printed on one side of the paper only. You are free to set out your article as you like, subject to the guidelines below. Once a manuscript has been accepted, it will need to be re-submitted in electronic form.

The accepted manuscript should be a Microsoft Word file saved onto a CD or memory stick.

A cover page should include title of the article, full names, qualifications and affiliations of all authors, as well as a contact email and physical addresses and phone number of the corresponding author.


Begin the paper with an abstract (maximum 250 words). The abstract must be in both English and Māori regardless of the language used in the rest of the article. You should also choose up to ten key words.

When writing in English, use short sentences. Please use macrons to mark all lengthened vowel sounds in Māori words, as per the recommendations of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

Abbreviations should generally be avoided, but some phrases may be abbreviated if their shortened from is widely known, and if they are used repeatedly in an article, e.g. TPK, NZMc. When first used in the text, they should be spelled out in full followed by the abbreviation in brackets e.g. Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK).

Manuscripts are accepted on the understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by another publication.


Avoid using footnotes and end notes in the body of the text. References should be identified by a number enclosed in parentheses, e.g. ‘This finding was first reported by Smith (1994), although subsequent workers (Brown, 1992; Jones, 1990) have failed to replicate it.’

At the end of the paper, list references in alphabetical order. Unpublished data and personal communications may be listed as references and listed in the main text as for other reference lists with the phrase ‘(in press)’ inserted after the authors, title and full name of the journal.

When referencing books, the city where the book was published must be stated and the publisher's name must be given in full. Do not use abbreviations such as Co, Pty Ltd, Inc.

All journal titles must be written in full and not abbreviated. Punctuation of the year, volume number and page numbers must be as per the examples below and no part of any reference should be underlined.

Please note : Manuscripts with non-conforming reference lists will be returned to the author for correction, which may delay their publication.

Reference lists

All references should be listed alphabetically on a separate page of the manuscript using the conventions of the American Psychological Association (APA). Examples below.

Journal articles
Hanson, A. (1989). The Making of the Māori: Culture Invention and its Logic. American Anthropologist, 91,890-902.

Edited book chapters

Peta, R. (1991). Mana Māori. In H. Smith (Ed.), Tikanga Miiori. Wellington: Reed & Reed.

McEwen, LM. (1986). Participation: Native Committees and Papatupu Block Committees in Tai Tokerau. Unpublished master's thesis, Auckland University, Auckland.


Presenting data using line art or images is encouraged. These illustrations may accompany the manuscript in any appropriate form. After the manuscript has been accepted, illustrations must be supplied as high-resolution images. Any lettering must remain legible after its reduction to the width of a Journal column. Any page incorporating tables should be included as a separate file.


Because of space limitations, appendices containing questionnaires or similar material cannot be included. However, authors may invite readers to contact them directly for such material.

Editorial policy

Papers submitted for publication will be:

  1. Forwarded to two referees approved by the Editorial Board and appropriate to the subject matter.
  2. If substantial changes are recommended, papers will be returned to authors for rewriting.
  3. If papers are not accepted for publication, the referee's comments will be made available.
  4. Papers subject to referees comments will be edited and proofs forwarded to the authors for final approval.

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