Valance Smith (Ngāpuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta) is a Lecturer at AUT University. He teaches Te Reo Māori (undergraduate) and Tikanga Māori (post graduate) papers within Te Ara Poutama, The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development at AUT. Valance also teaches at The School of Education. His services to AUT include cultural advisor and Kaikōrero (orator). He has recently completed his Doctoral Thesis, the primary focus of which is to discuss the role of contemporary Māori music in promoting te reo Māori. His thesis will contribute new insights and understandings into the role of the Māori language in contemporary Māori music. Further, it discusses the value of both songs written entirely in te reo Māori and bilingual compositions. In this way, it is intended to be a useful tool for tutors and teachers of Māori music in general and will feed into work being undertaken in Te Ipukarea (the National Māori Language Institute) in terms of ‘Whakareia te kounga o te reo’ (spreading the quality of the Māori language).