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Megan Potiki imageDip Tch Primary (Otago) BEd (Otago) MEd (Canterbury)
Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Te Āti Awa

Coordinator of Master of Indigenous Studies programme
Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee


Office 3S5 Richardson Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 7219


Megan hails from Ōtākou and is of Kāi Tahu and Te Ātiawa descent. She lives at Ōtākou with her husband and three children.

Megan is working towards completing her PhD on the contributing factors to the death of the Māori language at Ōtākou. Her research interests are focused on the loss of te reo Māori at Ōtākou, traditional mōteatea and new waiata composition, takiaue (death and māori customs pertaining to the dead), and the written Māori archives of the past that have a particular geographical focus on her tribal region of Kāi Tahu.




  • Kelly-Ann Tahitahi, MA, He Tohu Whakamaumahara – Māori memorialisation in cemeteries


  • Stefan Jordan, PGDip, Newsprint, Te Reo and Hegemony in New Zealand: Responses to the Wai 262 Report for the Waitangi Tribunal 2010


  • Te Huanui: Distinction (Te Mātauranga Māori, Christchurch Polytechnic)
  • Kā Moteatea: Distinction (Te Mātauranga Māori, Christchurch Polytechnic)
  • Finalist in Huia Publishers Short Story awards (te reo Māori)


Pōtiki, M. K. (2023). Te Hū o Moho. The contributing factors to the death of the Māori language at Ōtākou (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from Awarded Doctoral Degree

Pōtiki, M. (2020). Te hū o Moho: The call of the extinct Moho: The death of the Māori language at Ōtākou. Te Pouhere Kōrero, 9, 27-49. Journal - Research Article

Leoni, G., & Pōtiki, M. (2019). Academic writing and translation in Te Reo Māori. Scope: Kaupapa Kai Tahu, 5, 29-35. doi: 10.34074/scop.2005004 Journal - Research Article

Pōtiki, M. (2019, September). The beginning of an end: The demise of Te Reo Māori at Ōtākou. Keynote presentation at the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival: Ka mua, ka muri, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Potiki, M. (2019). [Review of the book The face of nature: An environmental history of the Otago Peninsula]. Journal of New Zealand Studies, 28, 135-136. doi: 10.26686/jnzs.v0iNS28.5428 Journal - Research Other

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