3 Mar 2021

"English Has Broken My Heart"

From Nights, 7:12 pm on 3 March 2021

"I lose faith in my discipline quite often. English has broken my own heart several times, and it has been used for generations to make our community feel small. It's awkward."

Alice Te Punga Somerville.

Alice Te Punga Somerville. Photo: Supplied.

Alice Te Punga Somerville is one of 24 Māori scholars who've shared their personal experiences of what it means to be Māori in their particular corner of the academic world, in a new book, Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori scholars at the research interface.

Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori scholars at the research interface

Photo: Otago University Press

Alice's writing on the study of English was particularly thought provoking - so much so that it was re published in the online Sunday magazine, E-Tangata. Alice joins us to talk us though some of what she wrote.