Mapping Mātauranga Māori

The project, ‘Nga Tapuwae - in the footsteps of our Tīpuna’ was launched on Friday 21 January 2022 in Wharekāhika Hicks Bay. Project Leads Hal Hovell and Michelle Wanoa are delighted to have received funding of $25,000 which will facilitate the purchase of mapping resources and getting onto sites.

Nga Tapuwae project members prepare for a group photo.
Nga Tapuwae project members, Tā John Clarke and Heritage NZ Pouhere Taonga staff at the opening.expand/collapse

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff and Māori Heritage Council Chair Tā John Clarke attended the launch at which speakers outlined the importance of the grant funding which will support their cultural mapping project.

Policy Advisor and Ngāti Porou Runanganui Board Member Rei Kōhere acknowledged Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and spoke to the importance of documenting history so that it can be shared and accessed: “It won’t transmit itself, our people have to know it,” he said.

This project will document two wāhi tapu (significant ancestral sites). The first to be mapped is Rangitane Pā, the ancestral home of Te Whānau a Hunaara. The second will be Matarehua Pā which is the ancestral home of Te Whānau a Tarahauiti. Cultural mapping includes the collection of archaeological data and historical information that links people to physical places. Crucial components of cultural mapping are whakapapa (genealogy) and the capture of oral histories.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga received a portion of the Government’s Te Awe Kōtuku funding ($2 million) for a work program to support revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori within two areas: ancestral landscapes and Māori built heritage.

Our Mātauranga Māori Programme will support 20 recipients. Read more here.

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This mapping project is part of a larger one which includes the history of Hungahungatoroa Pā.  We included a story about the mapping of the Pā in the 2018 Hōtoke Winter edition of Heritage New Zealand magazine - you can read the story, The Next Chapter, p36 here on Issuu

- Niki Partsch