About MAI Review

MAI Review has now ceased publication. These pages are archived here as a record of the journal from 2006-2011. All archived content remains available on this site.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga now publishes MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship. For more information on this journal, to read new content and to submit your article, please visit www.journal.mai.ac.nz


The Journal aims to publish quality material that contributes to the body of knowledge about Māori and Indigenous development. It aims to do so in a way that also assists in advancing the capabilities of Māori and Indigenous people who are engaged in research and scholarly training

Scope and Objectives

The Journal is totally electronic and features articles, peer commentaries, reports, a workshop corner, along with opportunities for posting comments and for engaging in online dialogue.

A key objective is to focus on knowledge that facilitates and fosters capacity and capability building for Māori and Indigenous people. This focus is seen as encompassing pre-doctoral and doctoral levels and beyond to include career development, leadership and mentoring.

A parallel objective is to provide material that supports capability building and assists researchers and students whatever the context of their work. Such contexts will include local, Iwi, institutional, national and international perspectives.
A particular objective is to disseminate information and ideas relating to capability building as widely as possible and in a way that encourages discussion and sharing through the link to MAI Kōrero which is established on a companion website.

There are three main issues per year (April, August, December). These issues may be supplemented by special issues from time to time.

Target articles

In addition to the usual articles, a feature of MAI Review is the use of “Target Articles” which are designed to stimulate thought and discussion on a specific topic to do with building capability and capacity. There are two types of such articles. One is an original paper which has not been published elsewhere and the other is a key paper that is re-published (with permission). At least one initial commentary accompanies each target article so that further discussion and dialogue by readers takes place via MAI Kōrero.

MAI Kōrero

This concept highlights ongoing dialogue. First, readers and writers are encouraged to comment on material in the Journal in a manner that seeks further understanding of issues of theory and practice.
There are several ways of adding comments in the Journal and all are open to Readers and Writers. One pathway is through one of the following types of short articles:

A second way in which a contributor can comment and raise issues is through MAI Kōrero which is linked through to a companion website in the network. This is the less formal pathway because it does not insist on a special format or style; it encourages free and open discussion. Furthermore, it is not restricted to the content of MAI Review, it can range openly over any matters of concern for Māori and Indigenous development. This section is sited at http://www.mai.ac.nz/mai_korero

Workshop Corner   (Te Kokonga)

This section of the Journal is dedicated to the practical matters needed to develop high levels of scholarly achievement. Special features of this corner are sections on research writing, library skills and techniques. “Te Kokonga” also provides opportunities for the publication of notes on a wide range of topics including technical considerations, management matters and research processes. Submissions of this nature are welcomed. For the convenience of readers, we also present the workshop articles from each issue together in a single area.


The aim of the poetry section is knowledge generation of a different kind. It affirms the oral and creative traditions of Māori and Indigenous peoples and seeks to discover new ways of extending the boundaries of understanding and enlightenment in those realities.


Articles, commentaries, research notes or technical notes are accepted for consideration on the understanding that they are original, have not been published whole or in part elsewhere, and that they have been endorsed by each author.

Contributions must be informative, promote thinking and be well written. The only restriction on the topic or issue is that the work must be pertinent to capacity and capability building and the development and advancement of Māori and Indigenous scholarship. Of special interest to the Journal are those articles that seek to bridge insights from different disciplinary perspectives to inform processes underlying capacity and capability development.

All original, revised and accepted manuscripts, tables and figures should be submitted electronically.

Manuscripts should adhere to the style and format described in the Submissions and Format Guidelines section of this journal. All submissions are blind reviewed and those accepted are published online either immediately or at the earliest opportunity.

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