Māori broadcasters, Scotty and Stacey Morrison joined Massey University’s Te Pūtahi-a-Toi at the beginning of September.
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi is Massey University’s School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education on the Manawatu campus.
Both Scotty and Stacey are prominent television and radio presenters who have forged impressive careers in the media spanning more than two decades.
They have also been closely involved in a number of significant Te Reo Māori revitalisation initiatives and promoting the growth and capacity of Te Reo Māori speakers.
Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, Professor Meihana Durie, says their dual appointment signals the commencement of a new phase of advancement for the school.
“Scotty and Stacey are champions of Te Reo Māori communities and bring with them a formidable depth of experience in broadcasting and immense expertise as a result of working across te ao Māori (the Māori world) in many capacities.
“Their combined talents will support Te Pūtahi-a-Toi to make a meaningful contribution that is fully responsive to the dynamic and evolving needs of our communities.”
With Te Pūtahi-a-Toi now preparing to deliver more programmes at Albany, Durie says their appointments are timely.
“With over a quarter of the total Māori population now living in the wider Auckland region, it is critical that Te Pūtahi-a-Toi can help bring to fruition the academic aspirations of our whānau.
“They both carry consistently high expectations for the place of Te Reo Māori across Aotearoa and we know that this determination will resonate not only with our students, but across all communities who seek to embrace the acquisition of Te Reo and tikanga Māori.”