Sharing Kaupapa Māori Online

Kia Ora koutou,

It has been a month since Aotearoa moved to Alert Level 4 for Covid19 on March 25 at 11.59pm. At the time we were engaged in a series of Hui that were led by Ngā Wai a Te Tūī in collaboration with Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki. As we settled into our nohonga haumaru (safe place/retreat) – which some are referring to as mirumiru (bubbles) – around the motu there was much discussion around how we could provide support to those confined to our whare in the form of sharing kōrero online. As a researcher who is fortunate to be a part of both Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki and Ngā Wai a Te Tūī (located at Unitec) key part of the mahi we had planned to launch in March and April was a series of Kaupapa Māori research hui as a part of two projects ‘He Waka Eke Noa’ – Māori cultural frameworks for violence prevention and intervention and ‘He Punaha Hohourongo’ – Developing A Family Violence Prevention strategy within Taranaki. Both mahi rangahau are supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The idea to start these hui online came from within our nohonga haumaru from my partner Marjorie who is both a Kaupapa Māori practitioner and a Phd scholar, and who saw the opportunity to bring together Māori academics, Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Graham Hingangaroa Smith together to share thoughts, reflections and insights on Kaupapa Māori to an online audience. These online kōrero are an opening discussion and are a contribution from Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki and Ngā Wai a Te Tūī to those that are working in Kaupapa Māori spaces as both practitioners and researchers. In particular to support those that are developing longer term Kaupapa Māori research and development within their own whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisations.

This blog provides links to each of the six korero:

Kōrero 1 – The foundations of Kaupapa Māori Theory: Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith
On this online video kōrero Graham Hingangaroa Smith discusses the emergence of Kaupapa Māori Theory from work undertaken alongside Māori educational initiatives in the 1980s. Graham will provide insights into the development of Kaupapa Māori Theory and the key elements of analysis that sit within the six foundational principles.

Kōrero 2 – Decolonising Methodologies: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
On this online video kōrero Linda Tuhiwai Smith shares thoughts on Kaupapa Maori, Decolonising methodologies and the need to continue to develop, articulate and apply our own methodologies as an ongoing part of our wider cultural renaissance and regeneration projects.

Kōrero 3 – Kaupapa Māori and responding to new formations of colonisation: Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith
On this online video kōrero Graham Hingangaroa Smith will respond to a series of questions on Kaupapa Maori and new formations of colonisation, reflections on what we need to considering now as Māori and Indigenous Peoples in this context of Covid19.

Kōrero 4 – Kaupapa Maori Theory as an expression of tino rangatiratanga (Self-determination, sovereignty): Professor Leonie Pihama
On this online video kōrero Leonie Pihama will discuss her views on the importance of continuing to assert and expand Kaupapa Maori theory and principles within our work and the ongoing challenges in the assertion of tino rangatiratanga within theory and research spaces.

Kōrero 5 – Reflections on Māori and Indigenous Futures: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
On this online video kōrero Linda Tuhiwai Smith with share her current thinking in the articulation of new projects for Indigenous Peoples as we envision our futures, strengthening our relationships across the globe and the impact of Covid19.

Kōrero 6 – Kei te ahu mātou ki hea: Kaupapa Maori Theory and Methodology: Where to from here? Panel: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith; Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith; Professor Leonie Pihama with Professor Margie Maaka
On this online video kōrero Margie Maaka will chair a discussion with Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Leonie Pihama the place of Kaupapa Māori Theory and Methodology in 2020 and beyond, the contribution it has to make to future developments for Māori and Indigenous Peoples and their visions for the future.

As we move closer to Alert Level 3 in the next week I want to take this time to acknowledge those that supported and contributed to the online sharing including our kaikōrero: Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Graham Hingangaroa Smith; our chair for the closing session: Margie Maaka with Laiana Wong (UH Manoa); Our kōrero host on behalf of Ngā Wai a Te Tūī – Wetini Paul; Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki, in particular Awhina Cameron and Ngaropi Cameron & Ngā Wai a Te Tūī Director Jenny Lee-Morgan for providing support for the series; and to my nohonga haumaru – Marjorie, Wiremu and Terehia Lipsham for providing the space and time as they waited patiently to get kai from the kitchen and walked quietly around the whare as we talked for hours over the past 4 weeks on our many Zoom Hui (Zui). Nō reira, ki a koutou katoa, tēnā koutou.

Kaupapa Māori Kōrero online is developed through research projects supported by the following organisations:
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Kia Mataara : Resources from Kia Mōhio Kia Mārama Trust

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This blog is to share the Kia Mataara series of resources on the history of Aotearoa and a range of political issues up to the end of the 1990’s. The Kia Mataara series was created by Kia Mōhio Kia Mārama Trust.

Last year I was given permission to digitally reproduce this series so that it could be made more widely available. This is the first public sharing of the resources in digital form with the agreement of those that produced the publications. Finding a full set of the publications took some time and it was Bronwyn Yates and Barbara Menzies that provided the set that is held by Literacy Aotearoa to enable the digitising of the series. The series was produced through the efforts of Kia Mōhio Kia Mārama Trust and the graphics for the series were created by Moana Maniapoto. What is clear is that this publications provide a Kaupapa Māori approach to the issues discussed and the form used (which would be now referred to as a graphic novel) was to ensure that the information is accessible.

In describing the creation of the Kia Mataara series Moana Maniapoto states:
“When I came out of university – this was the mid-80s – I worked for a trust and it had people like Jane Kelsey and Rob Cooper who were really into decolonisation. I was a bit of a freshie coming out of uni, so they mentored me. I spent two years with this woman, Barbara Menzies, she’s a former nun, researching and looking at colonisation, and we created these journals for schools and I’d do all the graphics.We looked at religion and spirituality, justice, land, there were 12 of these journals”. (

We are now in week three of the rāhui in Aotearoa as a result of Level 4 requirements of Covid19. Rāhui refers to the putting in place a period of ritual prohibition and is the term being used by many Māori for the current period of being restricted in movement due to Covid19. Rāhui is a measure utilised to enable the closing or restricting of a particular space and in this time is a way to understand and think about our own cultural processes for ensuring wellbeing. During this time many people across all education sites are adjusting to new ways of creating and sharing information and knowledge. There has been an exponential growth of zoom hui (come to be known by many as Zui) and sharing of resources. It is then a good time to share this series and to reflect on the political issues raised within each of the 13 publications.

Nō reira, he mihi maioha ki a koutou o Kia Mōhio Kia Mārama Trust mō ō koutou mahi whakahirahira, me ō koutou whakaaetanga kia tuku ēnei pukapuka ki te ao. Tēnā koutou.

Kia Mataara an introduction

Kia Mataara Chapter 1

Kia Mataara Chapter 2

Kia Mataara Chapter 3

Kia Mataara Chapter 4

Kia Mataara Chapter 5

Kia Mataara Chapter 6

Kia Mataara Chapter 7

Kia Mataara Chapter 8

Kia Mataara Chapter 9

Kia Mataara Chapter 10

Kia Mataara Chapter 11

Kia Mataara Chapter 12