Scholar of cultural heritage, gender & sexuality, creative practice & ritual
University of Waikato Emeritus Professor, MNZM, FAWWM, CRSNZ
“blazing a path for indigenous culture, heritage and feminist scholarship“
– Royal Society Te Apārangi on the occasion of Awe’s win of the Pou Aronui Supreme Award for outstanding service to the arts and humanities.
An important leader in Aotearoa New Zealand’s second-wave feminism – centring wāhine Māori, and challenging ignorance and opposition in the broader movement – Te Awekotuku was infamously denied entry to the USA for being lesbian in 1972. She has advocated for a Māori lens and a gender lens in the museum sector – as Waikato Museum curator of ethnology in the 1980s – and in the academic sector, holding positions in art history and Māori studies. A multi-talented wahine of many pōtae, she is also a curator, fiction writer, television presenter, poet and essayist.
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