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Karyn Paringatai imageBA(Hons)(Otago) RSA/Cambridge CELTA MA PhD(Otago), Te Aupikitanga ki te Reo Kairangi, Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa)
Ngāti Porou


Office 3S6 Richardson Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 8122

Currently on research study leave, returning 30 September 2022.


Karyn's research interests are in a number of areas that intersect at various points. These are:

  • Sociological issues surrounding Māori urbanisation and Māori identity development and maintenance
  • Māori performing arts, particularly poi, the analysis of haka and waiata compositions and the role kapa haka plays in identity
  • Grammatical aspects of the Māori language and second language acquisition
  • Māori language and Māori performing arts teaching methodologies

She is a co-director of an Otago Research Theme, Poutama Ara Rau, alongside Professor Jacinta Ruru (Faculty of Law) and Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Christchurch Medical School). The aim of Poutama Ara Rau is to research how Māori knowledge and teaching and learning pedagogies can transform tertiary teaching to enhance student success.


Dr Paringatai is on Research and Study Leave until 30 September 2022.



  • Lou Kewene-Doig, PhD, He Kohinga Pao (with Professor Michael Reilly and Emeritus Professor Khyla Russell)
  • Nikita Hall, MA, Intergenerational Language Transmission
  • Jenni Tipu, PhD, Being Adopted: The Lifelong search for Self
  • Yvonne Brower, EdD, Tātaiako (with Professor Lisa Smith and Dr Vivienne Anderson)
  • Will Flavell, EdD, Motivations for non-Māori students to learn te reo Māori (with Dr Susan Sandretto and Dr Catherine Hartung)


  • Roma Simmons-Donaldson, BA(Hons), Walking in two worlds: Te reo Maori in urban New Zealand
  • Kahurangi Salu, BA(Hons) Tuu Tonu Whakatika(2016) (Māori)
  • Tawini White, MA, He Waka Huia, He Waka Reo-ā-Iwi: The importance of reo-ā-iwi in identity formation (2016)
  • Tyson Tautari, BA(Hons), Au Au: A 'tail' of the kurī (2014)
  • Matt Gillies, BA(Hons), Whakatau Hinengaro: Rongoā mō te Arero Tauhou (2014) (Māori)
  • Gianna Leoni, MA, He manu hou ahau, he pī ka rere: The transition of Māori language immersion students to the University of Otago (2011)
  • Gianna Leoni, BA(Hons), Ko tōku Māoritanga: The Formation of Māori Identity in Dunedin (2009)
  • Courtney Sullivan, BA(Hons), Mai i Aotearoa – From New Zealand: The effects of living in Australia on Māori identity (2008)


  • 2014: Prime Minister's Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
  • 2014: National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence in a Kaupapa Māori Context
  • 2014: Otago University Teaching Excellence Award in a Kaupapa Māori Context
  • 2013: Most Engaging Presentation Award, Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Symposium (Dunedin, New Zealand, 26-27 Aug).
  • 2000: Te Tumu Prize (Outstanding achievement in MAOR 490 – He Raukura)
  • 2000: Tongarerewa Prize (Academic excellence in Māori Studies)
  • 2000: Te Ihorei Prize (Contribution to tikanga Māori)


Jefferies, R., Wilcox, P., Paringatai, K., Stubbe, M., Grainger, R., Dowell, A., & Filoche, S. K. (2023). 'I think we just do it once and leave it ...': The collection and utility of family health history in general practice in Aotearoa New Zealand: A qualitative study. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC23055

Paringatai, K. (2023). He ira atua, he ira taiao, he ira tangata [Keynote]. Proceedings of the Genetics Otago (GO) Annual Symposium & Workshops. Retrieved from

Paringatai, K. (2021, June). Kua ora au i a koe. Verbal presentation at the Second Ira Rangahau Māori Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Filoche, S., Stubbe, M. H., Grainger, R., Robson, B., Paringatai, K., Wilcox, P., Jefferies, R., & Dowell, A. (2021). How is family health history discussed in routine primary healthcare? A qualitative study of archived family doctor consultations. BMJ Open, 11(10), e049058. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049058

Blair, V. R., McLeod, M., Carneiro, F., Coit, D. G., D'Addario, J. L., van Dieren, J. M., … Paringatai, K., Bougen-Zhukov, N., Brew, T., … Godwin, T. D., … Nouri, Y., … Reeve, A. E., & Guilford, P. (2020). Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer: Updated clinical practice guidelines. Lancet Oncology, 21(8), e386-e397. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30219-9

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