The use of a uniform typeface and font size enhances readability. The preferred typeface for APA publications is Times New Roman, with 12-point font size. BASS students can also use Calibri or Verdana.
Special characters are accented letters and other diacriticals. Type all special characters that you can, using the special character functions of your word processing program. For example, insert correct accents for words such as Māori, tēna koe and so on.
1.5 or double-space between all text lines of the manuscript.
Leave uniform margins of at least 2.5 cm at the top and bottom of every page.
Leave a margin of 4cm on the left hand side of every page.
Do not justify lines on right side.
Indent the first line of every paragraph OR leave an extra space between paragraphs. Do not do both.
Order of pages
Title page to be provided. Identify the title page with the page number 1. The title page must provide course and assignment information. See the essay exemplar provided on this site. Include the word count on the title page (excluding in-text citations and the reference list).
The reference list starts on a new page.
Use the automatic functions of your word-processing programme to generate headers and page numbers.
Put your name OR student ID number at the top right hand side of every page.
Put the page number on the bottom right hand side of every page.
Use it. Do not rely on spell check for correct use of words.
Please use English (New Zealand) style spelling, i.e., do not use American spelling except in quotes.
New Zealand = colour
American = color
Submitting work in English and in te reo Māori
Students may submit written work in English or in te reo Māori. Students are asked to give prior notice to the relevant course lecturer if they intend to submit in te reo Māori in order that appropriate marking may be arranged.
Always use a capital letter for the first letter of a proper noun. Proper nouns include names of people, places, companies, days of the week and months. For example:
- I live in Gisborne
- The last day in November is a Friday
The Use of “s” with Māori Words
There is no “s” in the Māori language. Therefore there is no such word as Māoris.