He Puia, he Iwi

The aim of the resource is to get people to act in ways which contribute to their personal well being, the well being of others and society as a whole. It aspires to demonstrate mutual respect between the Tangata Whenua of New Zealand and the culture and language of other Pacific people.

There is an emergent awareness that values and culture shape thinking, imaging and behaviour and an ever-increasing confidence that traditional indigenous science and knowledge systems can co-exist with modern scientific methods, but in order for the many benefits of innovation to be realised, the strengths of both systems need to be valued. UNESCO is on record as saying that it is indeed a flat and mono-cultural world if we don’t promote the unique indigenous knowledge that traditional practices of peoples have to offer. Also, globalisation has highlighted that the mixing of cultures can be contentious, complex and uneven.

Re-kindling relationships particularly through the Pacific, really gives recognition to the connectedness of the Pacific through common ancestry that dates millennia regardless of the various effects of colonization over the last two centuries.

The Tangata Whenua of New Zealand are proud of their special place in Te Ao/the World, and the role that Māori values have in distinguishing our uniqueness as a nation.

This project reforged the links we, as peoples of the Pacific, have through common ancestry, in particular connecting the people of the fire clans who live within the volcanically charged realms of Aotearoa and Hawai‘i.

This unique project has been made and developed alongside the people whose stories they are.

The resource is published as a set of books, a CD and hosted on a website not only in New Zealand Māori but also in Hawaiian Maoli, and most recently the mainstream application of the resource and its modification for delivery in the English language.

The intended audience of the resource are students and teachers of Te Reo but a wider audience is addressed through the use of other languages in the narrative. Participants are assisted through the use of supportive story texts with integrated aural and visual techniques and resources. This interactive teaching resource uses archival film and video footage to illustrate traditional waiata and hula compositions and arrangements. Further discovery is enabled through the use of explanatory panels, accompanied by on-line glossaries; teacher’s resource notes and further enhanced learning links.

An I.C.T. project is an innovative way to present Māori traditional knowledge and is relevant to, and appropriate for, the world in modern times. The benefits of the project contribute to:

  • The contribution of traditional knowledge and approaches to scientific understanding
  • Promoting traditional knowledge to deal with environmental understanding.
  • Protecting traditional knowledge and its guardians from exploitation through Tikanga a Iwi processes

The project “He Puia, He Iwi” is a collaboration of tribal leaders and authorities at home and abroad, whanau/family, artists, teachers, students, writers, others, and the Ministry of Education’s Māori Language Education Team.

This resource recognizes that:

  • Learning is the only way for individuals to keep pace with their rapidly changing society.
  • Tikanga a Iwi or Social Studies most definitely changes the World, because it emphasises the skills and processes involved in social participation, which along with the prescribed settings and perspectives help people to become informed, confident and effective citizens. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the three interrelated processes of inquiry, values exploration and social decision-making and how they interrelate and complement each other.
  • Globalisation. At a first glance globalisation leads to a homogenous one-world culture that quashes ethnic diversity. Globalisation in this case is the source of liberation of local culture from hidebound state and national forms. This creates hope for the future.
  • Cultural diversity is an all-pervasive enduring characteristic of society that access to one’s culture, and freedom in cultural expression are basic human rights and needs.
  • Cultural values are the basis of heritage conservation as well as the currency of pluralism and diversity. The role of values and valuing processes are at the heart of the heritage-creation process, forming the very foundation of the concept of historical value or heritage. Relevant to the efficacy of Cultural Heritage conservation is the contemporary use of the past. The project exemplifies the blend of past and present, proving that the future is shaped in the here and now.
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He Puia, he Iwi

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