Monday, June 27, 2011

Tāngo Whakaahua

 Tāngo Whakaahua– Creating a visual collaborative metaphor in response to our mārae noho through the medium of digital photography.

Motatau marae
Photo: Cheryl Harvey
Facilitators from Team Solutions had the privilege of staying at Motatau Mārae in April. Motatau is located in the far north of New Zealand approximately 3 hours drive from Auckland (View Google Map). The mārae was built in the 1920s  and, as we learned, has contributed significantly to the history of the area and New Zealand.

After the powhiri, that included a waiāta from Motatau Primary, many of us were drawn to the images that line the walls of the wharenui. They hinted at what we were to hear later that evening when we gathered for a more detailed history from local whanau.
Motatau Mārae was built in the 1920s  to honour 
Northern Maori Member of Parliament Tau Henarae 
Much of the history of Motatau Mārae is also recorded through significant carvings inside the wharenui. It was fascinating to learn about the connection Motatau has with the meeting house, Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Built in the grounds of the Treaty House at Waitangi, the meeting house commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The wood used for carvings for Te Tiriti o Waitangi was sourced from the forests around Motatau and were also initially carved at Motatau Mārae before being transported to Waitangi.
Digistore Learning Path: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

On the second day of our mārae noho facilitators were able to choose from a range of sessions, Te Ara Hikoitanga, opportunities to explore "Maori Achieving Education Success as Maori". 
Cheryl Harvey and I were invited to collaborate on a session and with our mutual interest in things digital we developed Tāngo Whakaahua. 

Our planning for the session has been shared on this Google doc. The link to the Google doc was shared with participants a few days before the Marae noho. This provided the group with an opportunity to think about their participation and responses before the actual workshop on the second day of our visit.

Anō te ataahua (a time to view creations and experiences from Te Ara Hikoitanga sessions) provided us with an opportunity to share our visual collaboration and also individual slide shows from each of the Tāngo Whakaahua participants.  I have uploaded our collaborative response below. Ka nui te mihi to facilitators who contributed and to tamariki from Motatau Primary School for the waiata.

Digistore Learning Path - Marae noho
I have also shared this learning path created to support further thinking and learning opportunities in response to the mārae noho. The learning path includes:
  • digital resources from Digistore and other digital collections
  • primary source analysis tools for students
  • online resources and support for Mārae noho
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi - primary sources and links to further digital collections and historic articles and information.
Motatau Mārae taken using 360 Panorama app for iPhone (click to enlarge)


      Diana Greig said...

      Great work Fiona! It was lovely to pop back to Motatau via the slide show on a wet Auckland morning.

      Jane Lee said...

      Kia ora Fiona as you know I was unable to attend the marae noho and you have given me a feast of sounds and images to take me there.

      Fiona Grant said...

      Thanks Diana and Jane,
      Just read this article, interesting perspective from the author sharing their learning of te reo and the value of the noho marae.

      nga mihi nui,