Maramataka Māori Embedding Indigenous Knowledge(s) in Education
Pātai Te Ao Māori
Project supervisor: Dr Hurinui Clarke & Kari Moana Te Rongopatahi
Institution: Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Raumati intern: Georgia Palmer (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao)
Project summary: The project aim was to provide findings and suggestions for implementing mātauranga and the Maramataka Māori in both English and bilingual medium schools. The project explored the inclusion of Maramataka Māori within the Aotearoa me Te Wai Pounamu education system. The intern examined the literature on this kaupapa and looked into how kura have done so within the Māori-medium schooling system. The intern also assisted with organising a symposium which brought indigenous knowledge holders (tohunga) from across the pacific and Māori teacher educators together to establish and maintain the connection to taiao within the curriculum.
The intern worked primarily with Kari Moana Te Rongopatahi, supervised by Dr Hurinui Clarke, with contributions from Dr Matiu Rātima. The internship contributes to the protection and future proofing of tohunga knowledge of the maramataka first by recording and second by disseminating with a view to integration (where appropriate) into the New Zealand education system.
In a practical sense, this project taught me report writing skills, as it was my first time doing-so. My supervisors also mentored me through thinking critically about the whakapapa and tikanga of certain kupu where I may not have considered before, which I really enjoyed learning about. I also enjoyed the process of completing this project alongside the other NPM interns and hearing about their journeys. NPM provided great support, I could really feel the want for us to learn and succeed. Georgia Palmer