About the Journal

Te Kaharoa

Te Kaharoa is an open access and peer reviewed journal dedicated to promoting Māori and Indigenous scholars, artists, filmmakers, and creative writers. Curated by students and staff of Te Ara Poutama at Auckland University of Technology, Te Kaharoa publishes writings in Te Reo Māori and English. We welcome original content from researchers, artists, and creative writers of Indigenous communities from across the world. The journal includes, but is not limited to, articles, reflections, commentaries, creative works, film and book reviews, and digital and sound recordings.


Stylistic and Bibliographic Requirements

Manuscript Length

Articles are 5,000 to 7,000 words.

Reflections are 2,000 to 4,000 words.

Commentaries are 1,000 to 2,000 words.

Creative works include 4 to 6 images and the text is 800 to 1,000 words.

Film and book reviews are 1,000 to 1,500 words.

Digital recordings are short films or documentaries of 3-minutes to 20-minutes, which have been published on the content creator's YouTube or Vimeo account.

Sound recordings are music or voice recordings of 3-minutes to 15-minutes.

Text Format

The text uses a 12-point font; a single space between sentences; 1.5 line spacing in a Microsoft Word document; APA referencing system; italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Abstract and Keywords

For articles and reflections, the manuscript includes an abstract of 100 words and a list of 4 to 6 keywords.

Submissions in Te Reo Māori are expected to provide the abstract and keywords in Māori and English. However, the main text is in Te Reo Māori and an English translation of the Māori text is not required.


Copyright and Open Access Policy

Te Kaharoa provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports the exchange of Indigenous-oriented knowledge. Authors retain full copyright over their articles. Authors also retain the right to reuse, distribute, and republish their work after it has been published in Te Kaharoa. Items are made available using a Creative Commons (CC-BY-NC 4.0)  worldwide shareable licence.

Te Kaharoa does not charge any fees or author processing charges for submission, publication, or access to articles. All items are preserved online through the digital archive for scholarly content, CLOCKSS.


Peer Review Process

Only research articles are peer reviewed by two reviewers on the editorial team. Reflections, commentaries, creative works, and film and book reviews are editor reviewed by one editor on the editorial team. Digital and sound recordings are not reviewed. For a research article to be peer reviewed, the submission must comply with five stylistic and content requirements.

(1) The word length is 5,000 to 7,000 words, including the bibliography, and there is a limit of 6 illustrations, figures, or tables.

(2) The title is no more than 15 words, the abstract is 100 words, and there are 4-6 keywords.

(3) The research aim and scope and the literature (theory) informing the project is clearly stated.

(4) The research methods and findings are detailed.

(5) The findings are contextualised by a relevant discussion and the article ends with a short, concise conclustion statement.

Articles are first submitted via the journal’s online submission system. An initial assessment is carried out by an editor to see if the research article complies broadly with stylistic, bibliographic, and content requirements. If the submission complies, two reviewers with interests in a relevant field are invited to review the paper within a period of eight weeks. Once the reviews have been received by an editor, and given that the submission has been approved, the author(s) are invited to make the recommended edits. The revised work is then returned to the editor who sees to the copyediting, proof-reading and correcting, formatting, and publication.



Plagiarism is unethical and not allowed. Defined as using another person’s written work and portraying their work as one’s own original work, any submissions with plagiarised content will be rejected.


Submissions and Frequency of Publications

The period between submission and publication is sixteen weeks, given that the submission is accepted for publication. The sixteen-week turnaround applies to all submissions: articles, reflections, commentaries, creative works, film and book reviews, and digital and sound recordings.

Te Kaharoa publishes one standard issue per year on a rolling basis. By this, submissions are published throughout the academic year as they come in and go through the sixteen-week process of being reviewed and accepted, revised by the author(s), and edited and formatted by an editor. In addition to the annual standard issue, on occasion Te Kaharoa may publish a themed special issue. Calls for papers for special issues are communicated in the announcements section.