Science Learning Hub launches Māori name and te reo Māori resources

Date / Time: 12 September 2018

The Science Learning Hub Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao has a suite of resources in both English and te reo Māori, as well as resources that celebrate matauranga Māori and its connection with scientific understanding and advancement.

The aim of The Science Learning HubPokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao, is to make contemporary New Zealand science research and development more accessible and visible to New Zealand’s schools and kura. The website is visited by an average of 25,000 NZ users each month.

To celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori, the Hub is celebrating its Māori resources with the launch of its Māori name.

“Launching our Māori name reflects our commitment to developing resources that celebrate the contribution to, and influence of, Māori and matauranga Māori in relation to science in Aotearoa,” says Andrea Soanes, project manager for the Science Learning Hub.

The resource collection that introduces Aotearoa’s native fish, Ngā ika taketake wai Māori Aotearoa was developed with Landcare Trust and includes an interactive guide to New Zealand’s native fish, as well as multimedia resources highlighting their value, and the critical importance of kaitiakitanga. This is a key collection given the recent release of research from Victoria University of Wellington demonstrating the negative impact of land use on Aotearoa’s freshwater fish.

In a Participatory Science Platform project funded by the Government’s Curious Minds strategy, the Ahi Pepe MothNet collaboration in Dunedin, scientists from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and tamariki of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti worked together to learn about, and protect Aotearoa’s native moth species. Tamariki and staff discuss the project and its ecological importance in the video Te Whakatakaka o Ahi Pepe MothNet.

A wide range of other content celebrates matauranga Māori, including The star compass – kapehu whetu, the Mauri model for responding to the Rena disaster, using science and matauranga Māori when restoring taonga, and rongoa.

The Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao is funded by Government under A Nation of Curious Minds, He Whenua Hihiri I te Mahara.

It is a national project that features all of New Zealand’s Universities and Crown Research Institutes, managed by the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato.

For further information contact Andrea Soanes, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Te Kura Toi Tangata, Faculty of Education Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, University of Waikato, 027 301 5803.