He Hīkonga Tangata, He Ara Mātauranga:
Māori Place Names and Geographical Terms around Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington
Date: 29 August Time: 1-5 PM
The 4-hour workshop will start in front of Te Rau Karamu Marae at Massey University, Wellington Campus, and involve a guided bus tour discussing the history of Māori names of various locations.
Sponsored by Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
Kura Moeahu of Te Ātiawa, Ngā Ruahine, Taranaki-tuturu, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Toa descent who has strong whakapapa to both Te Whanganui a Tara and Taranaki. He has spent more than three decades supporting communities across throughout his tribal takiwā which includes, the Hutt Valley and Wellington region bringing his expertise in te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, kapa haka, Māori governance and leadership. Kura holds many leadership and governance roles, including the chair of the following
- Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa ki te Upoko o te Ika a Māui Inc
- Pipitea Marae Trust Board
- Waiwhetu Marae
- Ātiawa Toa FM Radio Station
- Harbour Island Kaitiaki Board
And also sits on
- Creative New Zealand
- Wellington Institution of Technology
- Wellington Māori Cultural Society
Alongside his governance roles, he was the founder of the Wellington-based kapa haka group, Ngā Uri o Tamarau in 2012 who performed in Te Matatini in 2013 and 2015.
Much of Kura’s time is given generously. He is committed to the long-term sustainability of Te Reo me ngā Tikanga of his iwi. He works long hours, often waking before dawn to uphold tikanga and take care of the spiritual wellbeing of our spaces and places throughout the city, as well as working late into the night on Kaupapa (principles and policies).
His actions and traits reflect the symbol of the raukura – honour, peace and goodwill. This is significant to Taranaki Iwi as it represents the actions of their ancestors who responded to Crown aggression with peace and passive resistance.
Hone Morris (Rangitāne, Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Tūhoe) is an Associate Professor at Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa / Massey University and is the Pūkenga Reo for that University. He specialises in Te Reo Māori, Linguistics and Historical Narrative. He is also one of the leads for the He Tātai Whenua project.
Jonathan Proctor (Muaūpoko, Ngāti Apa and Ngāi Tahu) is a Professor at Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa / Massey University and is also Associate Dean – Maori. He is one of the leads for the He Tātai Whenua project and has studied the interrelationship between matauranga Māori and volcanoes, landscape evolution and environmental management.
Kierin Mackenzie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa / Massey University and works on the He Tātai Whenua project. He looks at ways of documenting traditional knowledge systems.