He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference - Hamilton - 6-8 Mar 2017

When: 6 - 8 March 2017. Pōwhiri, Sunday 5 March 2017.

Where: Claudelands Events Centre, corner Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton

Organised by Te Kotahi Research Institute, The University of Waikato.

Cost: $895 (inc. gst). Register now

 He Manawa Whenua is the Māori term for a sub-terrainal aquifer or an underground spring. It is from this source that the most pure, clear and refreshing water is obtained, being naturally filtered through the land before emerging at the surface. Water is life, and because a Manawa Whenua originates deep within the earth, Māori believe it is a most precious resource vital for the well-being of the people. The statement “he manawa whenua e kore e mimiti”, considers that the flow of the underground spring is everlasting, therefore its benefits are unlimited.

This conference views mātauranga Māori as a Manawa Whenua, or a pool of knowledge, that is situated within the heart of the people. Like the water, this knowledge has been filtered throughout time by the community as well as the environment to become central to the life and well-being of Māori. This Māori centred knowledge also has the potential to deliver unlimited benefits for Māori, both now and into the future.

At the heart, or manawa of Māori knowledge is research. Therefore this conference proposes to explore the pool of Māori knowledge and research under the following theme,"Mana Motuhake" Indigenous Sovereignty.

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