The project ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau’ has informed this project. In ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau’ we investigated the place of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), in developing cultural frameworks to inform how we may respond, and ultimately improve, the wellbeing of tamariki Māori. The following videos were recorded at a Thought Space Wānanga at Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu, Ngāruawāhia, 11-12 June 2019, as a part of the project.
Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau Mini-Conference and Thought Space Wānanga. ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau’ investigates the place of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), in developing cultural frameworks to inform how we may respond, and ultimately improve, the wellbeing of tamariki Māori. Utilising a Kaupapa Māori methodology the project involves interviewing traditional knowledge holders, and Māori health providers, to understand the unique ways that mātauranga can inform and transform the wellbeing of tamariki and whānau. By effectively utilising the knowledge held by those at the front line of working with tamariki and their whānau, we can ensure more collective, community, hapū and iwi involvement in the care and wellbeing of our children. VENUE: Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development, Hopuhopu, Ngāruawāhia DATE: 11-12 June 2019
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Associate Professor Leonie Pihama
Tiakina Te Pā Harakeke
Poipoiā Ngā Tamariki Webinars
This webinar is presented as a part of the ‘Poipoiā Ngā Tamariki: Nurture Our Children’
project which is hosted by Tutama Wahine o Taranaki Inc., and funded by Cure Kids and A
Better Start National Science Challenge. A key objective of the project is to inform the
wider debate and activities that are currently at the fore of issues of wellbeing for tamariki.
A critical component of Kaupapa Māori is knowledge sharing and translation. It is essential
that the research findings are made accessible and are widely distributed to be most
impactful in its contribution to informing tamariki wellbeing. This webinar is a part of
sharing the knowledge and information shared with us within our work to uplift
mātauranga Māori in the area of tamariki and whānau ora.
Webinar: Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau: Ancestral Wisdom for the Wellbeing of Tamariki.
The whakataukī ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau’ translates as the treasure of my soul/heart. In a
contemporary context, this relates to the wider notion that children are a gift of life. Central
to this webinar is the understanding and guidance that is provided in the theory and praxis
of the concept ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau’ and how it is expressed within whānau contexts.
It is argued that by reclaiming our knowledge of Māori childrearing traditions, a deeper
understanding of the importance of collective practices and responsibility emerges.
Learnings will be shared from kaupapa Māori research projects that situate the wellbeing
of tamariki (Māori children) within the context of well and thriving whānau. In this Webinar,
we will hear from Dr Simmonds who will discuss the ways in which an empowering
collective approach to caring for children can transform whānau wellbeing. Providing clear
understandings about the advantages of returning to traditional practices where children
are positioned at the centre. ‘Te taonga o taku ngākau’ reminds us of the treasured
position of our tamariki and mokopuna. It is a knowledge base and a practice. It is
embedded within tikanga Māori that calls upon us to place layers of wellbeing, learning,
nurturing and protection around our tamariki.