Our journey with Mātauranga Māori, The Waka Hourua Model
Pae Korokī and Mātauranga Māori.
Tauranga City Libraries' Heritage and Research Team, endeavours to incorporate Mātauranga Māori into Pae Korokī and into our collection and preservation practices.
In 2018, while still constructing Pae Korokī, we began exploring how to better work with Taonga Māori as a Heritage and Research team. We initially developed a Kaitiakitanga Framework to help us understand how Pākehā and Māori approaches to heritage material are different. Then in 2021 to better reflect Mātauranga Māori and what partnership in our sector might look like, the Waka Hourua Model was launched. These were briefly presented at the 2022 National Digital Forum in Wellington (see video below). In response to requests from within our sector, this was formally written up as a case study, and and less formally summarised in the ARANZ magazine, Archifacts (2022).
Image: Tauranga City Libraries photo 21-410, from Te Hau Kōmaru National Waka Hourua Festival 2021, by Nathan Pettigrew.