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Author Guidelines

Each contribution should be submitted as a word document and contain the following:

• title of the article, the full names, qualifications, and affiliations of all authors, and, a contact address and telephone number of the corresponding author.

• An abstract (maximum of 250 words). The abstract should be in both English and Māori regardless if the language used in the texts is English or Māori.

• up to five key words.

• The main text should be in Māori or English and macrons should be used to mark the lengthened vowel sounds in kupu Maori.

• Abbreviations should in general be avoided.


Please use the following heading styles:

Heading 1: Arial, 14 pt, Bold

Heading 2: Arial, 13 pt, Bold

Heading 3: Arial, 12 pt, Bold

Format and style:

The main body text should be written in the normal style set at: Arial, 12 pt, 1.5 space, justified.

All quotes larger than 40 words should be block indented, no italics.

Language should be English (New Zealand).


In the main text, footnotes and endnotes should be avoided. References should be identified in parentheses,


“This finding was first reported by Smith (1994), although subsequent workers (Brown, 1992; Jones, 1990) have failed to replicate it”.

Remember to include page numbers with any quotes used.


According to Smith, “The word itself, ‘research’, is probably one of the dirtiest words in the indigenous world’s vocabulary” (Smith, 1991:1).

At the end of the paper, list references in alphabetical order. Unpublished data and personal communications may be listed as references and listed in the main text as for other reference lists with the phrase “(in press)” inserted after the authors, title, and full name of the journal.

Listing References:

All references should be listed alphabetically on a separate page of the manuscript using the conventions of the American Psychological Association.

For journal articles:

1. Hanson, A. (1989). The Making of the Māori: Culture Invention and its Logic. American Anthropologist, 91,890-902.

For chapters in edited books:

2. Peta, R. (1991). Mana Māori. In H. Smith (Ed.), Tikanga Māori. Wellington: Reed & Reed.

For a whole book:

3. McEwen, J.M. (1986). Participation: Native Committees and Papatupu Block Committees in Tai Tokerau. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Auckland University, Auckland.

Please note well:

All journal titles must be quoted in full (no abbreviations); punctuation of the year, volume number and page numbers must be precisely in accordance with the previous examples; no part of any reference is to be underlined. When referring to books, the city and country (in abbreviation eg Wellington, N.Z.) in which the book was published must be stated and the publisher’s name must be given in full; the words Company, Co., Limited, Pty Ltd, Inc,. etc, are, however, not to be included.

Papers with non-conforming reference lists will be returned for revising which will lead to a delay in publishing.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found above.

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He Pukenga Kōrero is Published by Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Māori Studies, Massey University.

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