Māori Student Magazine at VUW

From left: Jade Gifford, Georgia Gifford and Tamatha Paul

From left: Jade Gifford, Georgia Gifford and Tamatha Paul

This week students at Victoria University can treat themselves to a limited-edition copy of Te Ao Marama 2018 in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. You can find the colourful and well-designed student magazine in the campus-wide stands (Pipitea and Kelburn) where Salient Magazine is sometimes stacked. 

Victoria University is the only university in Aotearoa to have a Māori students magazine like Te Ao Marama.

Under the guidance of editor Jade Gifford, a team of Māori-students have been hard at work putting this year’s issue together. Jade worked closely alongside designer Tamatha Paul and illustrator Georgia Gifford. She said, "I am incredibly proud of the young wāhine and tāne who contributed to this year's issue. I think it's extremely special and I hope it speaks to the diverse experiences of Māori students today and their relationship to the world around them, their whanau and their tipuna."

The magazine was 100% constructed by Jade and her team of Māori students with no outside help.

The theme of this year’s magazine is “Matauranga Māori and relating indigenous knowledge to young Māori experiences and contemporary Māori issues." It includes articles on topics like moko kauae, racism, takatāpui and mana wahine. It also features politics with Ruben-Kearney Parata interviewing Māori MPs Marama Davidson, Shane Jones, Nanaia Mahuta, Simon Bridges and David Seymour.