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Dr. Karena Kelly

Kaiwhakamāori,
Kanohi hihira,
Kanohi hōmiromiro

Ko te reo me te wetereo Māori te kai a Dr Karena Kelly (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine).  E whakaako ana ia ki te hia nei kaupapa reo Māori, ko ngā kura reo ā-rohe, ā-motu anō hoki ētahi, ā, e tohutohu ana i ngā tini hinonga huri noa i Aotearoa ki ngā kaupapa reo. He pūkenga a Karena i Te Herenga Waka, i Te Whanga-nui-a- Tara, i reira rā puta ai tōna ihu ki tana tohu kairangi i te tau 2015. He ika a Whiro ia nō Te Panekiretanga o te Reo, he kaiwhakamāori anō hoki nō te Toi Reo Māori. He kanorau ana whakamāoritanga tuhinga auaha, he toi kupu nā Homer, nā Apollinaire, nā Katherine Mansfield, nā Julia Donaldson hoki. Nō onamata ētahi, nō nā tata nei ētahi atu. Katoa ana whakamāoritanga o ngā pukapuka mā te tamariki, he hua nō te awhero nui kia huhua, kia kounga hoki ngā pukapuka reo Māori hei pānui tahi mā rāua ko tana tama nohinohi, ko Asher.  Ko te whakamāoritanga o tā Seuss Oh, the Places You'll Go, ko tana koha ki tana tama, i tana huritau tuarima.

Dr Karena Kelly is passionate about Māori language and grammar. Karena heils from the Northern tribes of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine. She teaches within an array of Māori language contexts, including regional and national Kura Reo and provides Māori language tuition and consultancy to many organisations across Aotearoa. Karena is a lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington where she graduated with a Ph.D in 2015. She also graduated from Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (The Insitute of Excellence in the Māori Language) and is a certified translator with Toi Reo Māori through Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission). Karena has translated a variety of creative works by authors such as Homer, Apollinaire, Katherine Mansfield and Julia Donaldson. All of her translations of children’s books stem from a desire to have more quality Māori language books to read together with her young son, Asher. The translation of Dr Seuss’ Oh, the Places You'll Go is her gift to her son for his fifth birthday.

Books that Dr. Karena Kelly contributed to: