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 Dr Te Rito was the Dean of the Faculty of Māori Studies for 17 years. Photo credit: NZME.

EIT is pleased to announce that Dr Joe Te Rito has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor for a period of three years. Dr Te Rito is currently a Deputy Director for Ako Aotearoa (National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence).

Dr Te Rito has a long history with EIT. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Māori Studies for 17 years, established the marae complex, Bachelor and Honours programmes, Radio Kahungunu (as part of Te Toa Takitini Media Studies programme) and the highly popular radio courses.

Dr Te Rito’s appointment to this new role will enable him to undertake a research project studying the archival voice recordings of Kahungunu elders. The project is a collaboration between EIT and Radio Kahungunu. 

This project is funded by Nga Pae o te Maramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence) and will involve other EIT staff members, namely Puti Nuku, Head of School of EIT’s School of Māori Studies, and senior lecturer Hiria Tumoana. Recently Dr Te Rito also launched a te reo Māori app (“Pukapuka Kōrero Tahi”) which is based on previous research.

“The appointment honours and cements my close involvement with EIT spanning over 30 years. I’m also very excited to be able to lead the new research programme,” said Dr Te Rito.