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  • In this recorded professional learning session Tame Malcolm (Kaimahi Matua at Te Tira Whakamātaki) and Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub explore kaitiakitanga.

    Many of us are familiar with this concept and may even use it in our teaching. This session provides an opportunity to delve more deeply into the meaning and history of the concept of kaitiakitanga.

    Ka mau e wehi! Thank you very much Tame and Greta. Kia ora


    During the webinar Tame will share some of his understandings – including pūrākau connected to caring for the whenua.

    This session will be valuable for primary and secondary school teachers as well as other educators who want to include mātauranga in their practice.

    Ngā mihi Tame and Greta. Always engaging and lots of ideas.


    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.

    We encourage you to join our discussion about kaitiakitanga. Register in our online forum on Slack. In the #mātauranga-māori channel we share and discuss ideas and share resources. If you need any help accessing our Slack forum or you have not received an invitation, either see our help info or please email us.

    Topic Slideshow number(s) Video timecode
    Welcome 1 00:00
    Introducing the Science Learning Hub 2 00:09
    Index 3 00:26
    Purpose 4 00:33
    Tame and Te Tira Whakamātaki 5–6 01:02
    Kaitiakitanga meaning 7 03:15
    Pūrakau 8–14 19:19
    Karakia 15–16 31:30
    Resources 17 42:05
    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks 18 43:12

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    For an introduction to mātauranga Māori and science, read this article and, to discover many more resources, explore our mātauranga Māori topic. We also have an overview of Resources with Māori content.

    The article Understanding kaitiakitanga includes some key aspects and examples of kaitiakitanga.

    The article Tāwhaki – ecosystems restoration and aerospace opportunities highlights a joint venture to develop the aerospace industry and protect and rejuvenate the surrounding whenua.

    Project Mātauranga is a television series that investigates Māori world views and methodologies within the scientific community.

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    Tame Malcolm has featured in a range of online articles. You can listen to his interview with Radio NZ here or find him sharing his knowledge of plants in Aotearoa on the Te Amokura website here.

    Watch Cawthron Institute's Kaiārahi Rangahau Kaimōana (Māori Seafood Research Champion) Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu address at the 2022 Annual Cawthron Memorial Lecture centered around kaitiaki.


    We would like to thank Tame Malcolm and his whānau.

      Published 28 June 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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