Reframing Māori histories

for the curriculum

“At school, we were taught that our waka blew here on a rogue wind where our tūpuna were emaciated, lost and infighting with those that they’d left behind,” says Professor Melinda Webber (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaue).

Read this story in te reo Māori and English here. / Pānuitia tēnei i te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā ki konei.

“Those are the myths and legends, not our whakapapa narratives.”

Webber, who is the deputy dean of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, has co-authored a book with Te Kapua O’Connor (Ngāti Kurī, Pohūtiare), a doctoral student at the university’s Te Wānanga o Waipapa – School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies, called A Fire in the Belly of Hineāmaru: a collection of narratives about Te Tai Tokerau tūpuna.

Both hope their work speaks to some of those myths, and reframes Māori histories and the contemporary realities for rangatahi.

Link to video and article: Reframing Māori histories for the curriculum | Stuff.co.nz


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