Welcome to the Mātauranga Online Learning Platform. We're here to help you tell stories. There's the story of how the America's Cup has always been more than just a boat race, and how innovative thinking has been the secret of New Zealand's success. There's also the story of how today's sailors walk in the footsteps of Kupe, and the science, innovation and technology of our tīpuna.
Monitoring kōura – SLH T&L RESOURCE
Kōura (freshwater crayfish, Paranephrops planifrons, P. zealandicus) are one of Aotearoa’s original inhabitants. They have an ancient lineage that diverged from their Australian relatives about 60–109 million years ago. Because their entire life cycle requires freshwater, kōura are evidence that there has been continuous freshwater in Zealandia ever since our part of Gondwana broke up 60–80 million years ago. As far as our evolutionary history goes, kōura are as significant as tuatara, ...
Cultural indicators for repo – SLH T&L RESOURCE
An indicator is something that can be measured or monitored. We use indicators to see changes or trends in things ranging from an individual bird species to large systems like rivers or repo (wetlands). The change can be positive – as with local tūī populations – or it can be negative and cause harm to an organism or an ecosystem – as with koi carp. Māori have monitored their local environment for centuries. Mātauranga Māori ...
Te whakamahi i ngā rauemi o Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repo hei whakarite ara whakaako
Kei tēnei pāhekoheko ngā hononga ki ētahi rangahautanga mō ngā rauropi o te repo e kīia nuitia ana he momo noho taonga ki te iwi.
Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland – MANAAKI WHENUA WEBINAR
Wetland research at Manaaki Whenua aims to help New Zealanders by providing scientifically-based tools and guidelines to identify, manage, and restore wetlands. Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland, first published in 2017. The first of its kind, this cultural wetland handbook has become a valued resource . Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repo – Online educational wetland resources, was launched on WWD 2021, and created collaboratively with the Science Learning Hub.
How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge
Researchers from Native American and Indigenous communities explain how colleagues and institutions can help them to battle marginalization.
Early signs of success at mussel ‘restoration stations’
Commercial mussel lines are great at catching mussel spat, but are predominantly made of plastic. The Awhi Mai Awhi Atu project, led by Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke (University of Waikato), is investigating the feasibility of using natural fibre lines to help restore kuku/mussel beds in Ōhiwa Harbour. In 2007 there were 112 million baby kuku in a continuous 2km reef – by 2019 there were less than 80,000 in the entire harbour. Kuku, also called kutai, are a taonga (treasured) species…
'People say summer is early — that would never happen in a Māori world view'
Dan Hikuroa says indigenous knowledge can help New Zealand cope with a new normal. Here is how.
Reconnecting with taha Māori on the shores of Lake Taupō
In one day with her kaumatua (elder) on the southern shores of Lake Taupō, Yvonne Taura (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) found her future career ambition was to raise awareness in restoring New Zealand’s wetlands back to health. In 2002 and in the middle of an identity crisis, Yvonne Taura returned home to Aotearoa from Australia. She sought refuge at Pākā (Hallets Bay – Tūrangi) with her whāngai parents; her namesake and Aunt, Yvonne, and Uncle Te…
Te toto o te tangata he kai, te oranga o te tangata, he whenua, he oneone Whole food provides the blood in our veins, our wellbeing is drawn from the land and soils Mana Whenua is a 55-page publication documenting an art and mātauranga exchange undertaken by a cross section of Māori artists working with whenua in their art practices. Soft cover, 55-pages, 18.5cm x 26cm Printed on FSC approved sustainable paper stock Mana Whenua was generously supported by Creative New Zealand Published…
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It’s incredible what one conversation with the right person can do. For marine biologist Dr John Pirker, a kōrero around his neighbour’s kitchen table, with a few of his Ngāi Tahu kaumātua, set him on the path of becoming a scientist. Dr Pirker is now on a mission to ‘ignite the flame of learning’ in today’s rangatahi. Learn more in our latest episode of UC Science Radio.
The impact of climate change and mātauranga Māori
Shaun Awatere discusses some of the impacts climate change will pose to mātauranga Māori, using the maramataka as an example. Questions for discussion: How is climate change adding uncertainty to the maramataka? How might climate change impact the ability to manaaki?
Māori ways of knowing weather and climate — SLH T&L RESOURCE
Knowledge of tohu – biophysical indicators – has been passed down from tūpuna over many generations. From years of observation and tracking changes in the environment, Māori have developed an understanding of local environments and processes. Tohu are passed down through kōrero tuku iho, karakia, pūrākau, whakataukī and waiata. They allow access to the memories of tūpuna and can provide a snapshot of what te taiao looked like in the past.
How a university can embed Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum and why it matters
Australian universities have committed to a process of Indigenisation. The University of Tasmania provides a case study in how to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into academic programs.