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Hawaiian Canoe Hōkūleʻa Sets Sail for Sydney Guided by Ancient Navigation

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Posted by Marisa Hayase in Worldwide Voyage on May 1, 2015

The Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa and her crew have departed New Zealand, on its way to leaving the Pacific Ocean for the first time in her 40-year history. The canoe’s master navigator, Bruce Blankenfeld, will use traditional Polynesian navigation techniques to sail to Australia. The crew of 14 are expected to arrive in Sydney in mid-May. The journey is part of Hōkūleʻa‘s 47,000 nautical-mile sail around the world to bring attention to the importance of protecting environmental and cultural treasures for future generations.
“Australia is on our sail plan because of its incredible natural and cultural treasures, and our desire to explore a part of the world that is new to us,” said Polynesian Voyaging Society president and master navigator, Nainoa Thompson. “It is a place that we can relate to because of the potential of bringing together diverse sectors to care for our ocean. In Hawaii, blending indigenous stewardship practices with other best practices can help us find positive ways forward, and we are seeking to learn from similar approaches in Australia so we can share that knowledge with other communities as we continue to voyage around the world.” ...Read more.

CFP: 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity

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Kia Ora and welcome to the LED 2015 conference.

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  • When: Monday 23 November – Thursday 26 November 2015
  • Where: Owen G. Glenn Building, the University of Auckland, New Zealand

The 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED2015) focuses specifically on the impact of increased cultural linguistic diversity, at both national and supranational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy and practice of language education. As such, LED provides an attested international forum that brings together the latest academic and policy discussions, and promotes critical debate, on the often-complex interconnections between diversity and language education.


Call for Papers

LED 2015 invites submissions of abstracts for individual papers, symposia and posters.

Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2015

Presentation formats

  • Symposium (short) 1.5 hours with 3 contributors
  • Symposium (long) 3 hours with a minimum of 5-6 contributors
  • Papers 25 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions/responses
  • Posters (to be displayed at designated times throughout the conference)

Abstracts should address directly at least one of the key strands of the conference:

  • Bilingual/immersion/indigenous language education
  • English language teaching
  • Language policy and planning
  • Literacy education (educational and/or community-based)

All abstracts will be double blind reviewed.


More info HERE


CFP: He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference

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MONDAY, 29 JUNE 2015 TO WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY 2015 FROM 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM





Opens: 24 April 2014 9:00AM   Closes: 3 October 2014 5:00PM

Abstract Requirements:

  • Time allocation for all presenters is 20 minutes.
  • All accepted papers will be presented as contributions to either a Panel Discussion or Round Table Presentation.
  • Each conference participant can only submit one abstract.
  • Each presenter can only present once.
  • The maximum number of words for the body of the abstract is 250 words. This does not include the title, name of author, institution spaces, etc.
  • Abstracts to be written in English.
  • Please use Times New Roman 12pt Font
  • No photos or graphics.
  • If these requirements are not met your abstract will be rejected.
  • Please indicate your preference for mode of presentation, however the abstract committee will make the final decision in that regard.

NB: All abstracts must be submitted through this online portal. Any abstract recieved outside of this site will not be considered.

Te Kotahi Research Institute supports the notion that indigenous knowledge and research is owned by Indigenous Peoples, who are the experts in these areas.

For any enquires please email

Click here for an abstract template.

Click here to submit your abstract for review.