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Dr Erica Newman

BA(Hons) MA (Otago) PhD (Otago)

Coordinator: Indigenous Development programme

Contact

Office 3S9a Richardson Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 3975
Email erica.newman@otago.ac.nz

Research

Erica’s research interests include indigenous kinships structures and child circulation practices (the movement of a child from their birth parents to another familial household, often mistaken as the European practice of adoption), the European effect on indigenous kinship structures, and the historical and contemporary effects of cross-cultural and inter-country adoption practices.

Her research has included challenges of identity for Māori adoptees and she is progressing this research to investigate the challenges of adoption for descendants of Māori adoptees. Erica has a particular interest in cross-cultural and inter-country adoption and the indigenous practices of child circulation. She has recently completed her PhD looking at the Colonial interventions of guardianship and adoption practices in Fiji during the colonial period of 1874 to 1970.

Erica’s other research interests include the representation of indigenous people through film and media, and the historical perspectives of inter-racial relationships within urban settings.

Teaching

Supervision

Current

  • Nicola Andrews, MInds, Historical Trauma and Indigenous Librarianship: An Autoethnographic Study
  • Sharon Moreham, MIndS, Identity and Belonging in a Contested Space

Distinctions

  • 2014: Skinner Fund
  • 2012: University of Otago PhD Scholarship
  • 2006: Te Tumu Kawakawa Prize
  • 2005: Te Tumu Tōtōweka Prize

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Publications

Newman, E. (2021, July). Researcher looking at descendants of Māori adoptees reconnect to their birth whānau. Interview hosted by Neil Waka, Te Ao Tapatahi (season 2, episode 19), Māori Television. Retrieved from https://www.maoritelevision.com/shows/te-ao-tapatahi/S02E019/te-ao-tapatahi

Newman, E. (2021, May). Kōrero Paki: Storytelling: Erica Newman [episode 70]. Nuku Women: #Nuku100 Podcast. Retrieved from https://nukuwomen.co.nz/2021/05/25/070-erica-newman

Newman, E. (2021, June). Māori patterns of adoption. Verbal presentation at the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT) Summer Symposium, [Online].

Newman, E. (2020, November). Research to examine impact on the identity of descendants of Maori adoptees. Interview hosted by Dale Husband, Paakiwaha program, Waatea: 603AM: Urban Maori Radio. [Radio Broadcast].

Newman, E. (2020, October). Children's transit house: the story of a Māori baby. Te Hau Kāinga: The Māori Home Front. Retrieved from https://www.maorihomefront.nz/en/whanau-stories/story-of-a-maori-baby

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (director, narrator), Irwin, J. (camera man, editor), & Newman, E. (editor) (2008). Making poverty history? The Fiji squatter story [Film]. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.

Film/Video/CD Rom

Newman, E. (2013). What is the experience of Māori students in the blended bachelor of midwifery programme? Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 14p.

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Newman, E. (2021, July). Researcher looking at descendants of Māori adoptees reconnect to their birth whānau. Interview hosted by Neil Waka, Te Ao Tapatahi (season 2, episode 19), Māori Television. Retrieved from https://www.maoritelevision.com/shows/te-ao-tapatahi/S02E019/te-ao-tapatahi

Other Research Output

Newman, E. (2021, May). Kōrero Paki: Storytelling: Erica Newman [episode 70]. Nuku Women: #Nuku100 Podcast. Retrieved from https://nukuwomen.co.nz/2021/05/25/070-erica-newman

Other Research Output

Newman, E. (2020, November). Research to examine impact on the identity of descendants of Maori adoptees. Interview hosted by Dale Husband, Paakiwaha program, Waatea: 603AM: Urban Maori Radio. [Radio Broadcast].

Other Research Output

Newman, E. (2020, October). Children's transit house: the story of a Māori baby. Te Hau Kāinga: The Māori Home Front. Retrieved from https://www.maorihomefront.nz/en/whanau-stories/story-of-a-maori-baby

Other Research Output

Newman, E. (2014, November). Guardianship in early colonial Fiji. School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies: Te Tumu, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Other Research Output

Kawharu, M., & Newman, E. (2018). Whakapaparanga: Social structure, leadership and Whāngai. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 48-64). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Newman, E. (2020). Practice of adoption in Aotearoa before the 1881 Adoption of Children Act. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(3), 43-53. doi: 10.11157/anzswj-vol32iss3id768

Journal - Research Article

Newman, E. (2018). The effect of the colonialist terms “orphan” and “adoption” on the citizenship status of indigenous Fijian adoptees within their own community. AlterNative, 14(4), 309-318. doi: 10.1177/1177180118813503

Journal - Research Article

Patterson, J., Newman, E., Baddock, S., Kerkin, B., & See, R. (2017). Strategies for improving the experiences of Māori students in a blended Bachelor of Midwifery programme. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 53, 45-52. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl53.2017.6.45-52

Journal - Research Article

Newman, E. (2013). History of transracial adoption: A New Zealand perspective. American Indian Quarterly, 37(1-2), 237-257. doi: 10.1353/aiq.2013.0010

Journal - Research Article

Newman, E. (2011). Challenges of identity for Māori adoptees. Australian Journal of Adoption, 3(2), 1-30.

Journal - Research Article

Newman, E. (2014). [Review of the book Disturbing history: Resistance in early colonial Fiji]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 123(4), 433-434. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Newman, E. (2014). [Review of the book Matters of the heart: A history of interracial marriage in New Zealand]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 123(1), 94-95. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Newman, E. (2013). [Review of the book Strangers in the South Seas: The idea of the Pacific in the Western thought]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 122(1), 85-87. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Kerkin, B., Newman, E., Patterson, J., & Baddock, S. (2015). Māori students' experiences in the blending learning model of the Bachelor of Midwifery: An exploration using a Kaupapa Māori framework. Whitireia & Weltec Research Symposium. (pp. 67). Retrieved from http://www.whitireia.ac.nz/about/Pages/Research.aspx

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Newman, E. (2021, June). Māori patterns of adoption. Verbal presentation at the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking (CCARHT) Summer Symposium, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2019, June). Descendants of Māori adoptees. Verbal presentation at the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2019, November). Fiji's colonial orphanages. Verbal presentation at the Afterlives: Intimacy, Violence and Colonialism Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2019, October). Colonial intervention on guardianship and 'adoption' practices in Fiji 1874-1970. Verbal presentation at the University of Otago's Biennial Māori Research Symposium: Hui Poutama, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2019, September). Practice of adoption in Aotearoa before the 1881 Adoptions of Infants Act. Verbal presentation at the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival: Ka mua, ka muri, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2016, August). The care of Fiji's orphans during the colonial period, 1874-1970. Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2015, August). The care of Fiji's orphan's during the colonial period, 1874-1970. Verbal presentation at the Colonial Families: New Perspectives Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2014, May). The established and continued necessity of orphanages in Fiji. Verbal presentation at the Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Histories on the Edge, Toronto, Canada.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2011, June). Transracial adoption: A New Zealand perspective. Verbal presentation at the Fifteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Generations: Exploring Race, Sexuality, and Labor Across Time and Space, Amherst, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Newman, E. (2018). Colonial intervention on guardianship and 'adoption' practices in Fiji 1874-1970 (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/8493

Awarded Doctoral Degree

Newman, E. (2012). "A right to be Māori?" Identity formation of Māori adoptees (MA). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2219

Awarded Masters Degree

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