Noho Marae

Over the 17th and 18th of May, JCDR delegates joined members of GNS’ Risk and Society team for an overnight Hui-a-noho at Orongomai Marae in Upper Hutt. The aim of the 2 days was gain further understanding of Vision Mātauranga and the benefit of its use by us as researchers.

Mātauranga Māori is defined by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research as ‘the knowledge, comprehension, or understanding of everything visible and invisible existing in the universe.’ They continue explain further that ‘in the contemporary world, the definition is usually extended to include present–day, historic, local, and traditional knowledge; systems of knowledge transfer and storage; and the goals, aspirations and issues from an indigenous perspective.’

Upon arrival at the marae the group was immediately welcomed onto the wharenui through a traditional powhiri process where we were they were led by fellow colleagues of GNS, Diane Bradshaw who gave the karanga, and Bevan Hunter who gave the whaikorero. For some within the party, this was their first experience of a powhiri, and further for a couple, their first experience on a marae. 

Following the powhiri, the group began a workshop around mihimihi which involved all members of the group producing their own, based on their individual whakapapa or ancestry, and then presenting it to each other. Again, the group was very lucky to have Diane Bradshaw on hand to explain the history and value of mihimihi and also aid with pronunciation.

The day was rounded out by a number of presentations by those with work streams that are currently engaging with Vision Mātauranga. This proved as a way of acknowledging how this is currently being used in practice to enhance research programmes in many multifaceted ways.

A great thanks to Orongomai for hosting the group, Lucy Carter for organising the hui-a-noho and also Bevan Hunter and Diane Bradshaw for leading everyone whilst on the marae. Your knowledge and use of Mātauranga Māori was inspiring to witness and all attendees were thoroughly grateful for your support during their stay on the marae.

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