The August issue of MAI Review is available at It contains a mix of articles, reflections and poetry.

Long-standing contributor, Gary Raumati Hook, addresses the indigenous rights to fresh water. There are also three leadership reflections, which emerged from the Manu Ao–Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Leadership Wānanga. Piki Diamond builds on the concept of leadership in the development of art education. Fiona Te Momo explores the evolving leadership in contemporary Māori. Keri-Anne Wikitera reflects on the three Manu Ao–Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Leadership Wānanga that were held in 2010.

MAI Review continues to include indigenous poetry, and this issue focuses on Māori poets: Brian Potiki, Meri Marshall, Marewa Glover, Tracey Watson, Apirana Taylor and Reihana Robinson.

And finally, in Te Kokonga workshop corner, there are two articles: Helen Sword links the creative and the critical aspects of writing in her paper ‘Thinking outside the box’; Nicholas Rowe and Susan Carter delve into the concept of PhDs with creative practice.

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Neuroscientist Nicole Edwards is establishing her own lab at the University of Auckland and is eager to tautoko students interested in a career in brain research.

AUT senior lecturer Deborah Heke encourages wāhine Māori to cherish their connection with te taiao.

Tairāwhiti local Manu Caddie is a vocal critic of forestry companies engaged in unsustainable land practices in the rohe. He shares his insights on what needs to change.