New Kaupapa Māori Online Kōrero series

Fri 15 May 2020

A new Kaupapa Māori Online Kōrero series is now available to view.


The series is presented by Ngā Wai ā te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre. It is co-hosted by Wetini Paul (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngai Te Rangi) and Professor Leonie Pihama (Te Ātiawa, Waikato-Tainui, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi).

This is a rare opportunity to hear from Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith (Te Aitanga o Māhaki, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) and Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tūihourangi) as they candidly reflect on their early work locating Kaupapa Māori on the education landscape, and the ongoing development of Kaupapa Māori as a theory and methodology through to today.

With the COVID-19 pandemic experience very much to the fore and providing the space for these conversations to occur with these scholars, viewers will also experience some discussion and critique of the Aotearoa New Zealand response through a Kaupapa Māori lens.

The series is made up of six sessions:

Kōrero 1: Foundations and history of Kaupapa Māori as shared by Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith

Kōrero 2: Decolonising Methodologies with Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Professor Leonie Pihama

Kōrero 3: Kaupapa Māori and responding to new formations of colonisation with Professors Linda Tuhiwai and Graham Hingangaroa Smith

Kōrero 4: Kaupapa Maori Theory as an expression of tino rangatiratanga (self-determination, sovereignty) with Professors Linda Tuhiwai Smith & Leonie Pihama

Kōrero 5: Reflections on Māori and Indigenous Futures with Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Kōrero 6: Kei te ahu mātou ki hea: Kaupapa Maori theory and methodology: Where to from here? with Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Leonie Pihama and Margie Maaka

Practitioners working across communities with whānau Māori should find this series invaluable for understanding the conceptual underpinnings of Kaupapa Māori. These include:

  • ensuring interactions and support offered in whatever form to Māori are based on a critical outlook (critical analysis applied to unpack and understand issues), and
  • that interventions that follow are transformative and proactive, and ultimately about making a positive difference.

Each Online Kōrero is one hour long.

This News article is written by Ngā Wai ā te Tūī Māori and Indigenous Research Centre.

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