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Wānanga Taonga: Māori Perspectives on Museums and Heritage 

6–7 April 2013 , 9.30am–5.00pm
Hongoeka Marae, Hongoeka Bay Road Plimmerton
Porirua  , Wellington 
$40 pay on the day

A two-day wānanga, organised by Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University in partnership with National Services Te Paerangi, to introduce participants to Māori perspectives on museums and heritage. The wānanga will also explore Māori approaches within current museum practice, along with an overview of current and emerging issues across and beyond the heritage sector.

This programme will cover:

  • Experience a pōwhiri and understand the cultural concepts involved
  • Learn about the history of Māori in Plimmerton / Porirua area
  • Discuss the main elements of tikanga Māori in order to apply them to situations within current museum and heritage practice
  • Examine the Treaty of Waitangi and appreciate how it has shaped museum and heritage organisations in New Zealand
  • Discuss the care of taonga within museums
  • Learn about Māori research processes.

Facilitator, Contributors and Kaiako:

Facilitator: Dr Conal McCarthy, Programme Director, Museum and Heritage Studies, Victoria University.

Contributors and Kaiako:

  • Dr Lee Davidson, Senior Lecturer, Museum and Heritage Studies, Victoria University
  • Michelle Horwood, Museum and Heritage Studies, Victoria University
  • Ass. Professor Peter Adds, Head of School, Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University
  • Dr Maria Bargh, Senior Lecturer, Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University
  • Moana Parata, Collection Manager Māori / Kaitiaki Taonga, Museum of NZ Te Papa
  • Awhina Tamarapa, Curator Māori / Mātauranga Māori, Museum of NZ Te Papa
  • Mark Sykes, Collection Manager Māori / Kaitiaki Taonga, Museum of NZ Te Papa

 For further information about Hongoeka Marae visit:


Saturday 6 April

9.15am Gather at gates Hongoeka Marae

9.30am-10.00am Pōwhiri

10.00am-10.30am Kapu tī

10.30am-12.00pm Tikanga Māori (with Ass. Prof. Peter Adds, Te Kawa a Māui, VUW)

  • An introduction to tikanga Māori. What is mana, tapu, mauri, whakapapa, etc.?

12.00pm-1.00pm Kai

1.00pm-3.00pm Putting the Treaty to work (with Ass. Prof. Peter Adds, Te Kawa a Māui, VUW)

  • An overview of the Treaty and its articles
  • What are the ‘principles’ of the Treaty?
  • What is tino rangatiratanga?
  • How does the Treaty apply to museums and heritage?

3.00pm-3.30pm Kapu tī

3.30pm-5.00pm Walk to heritage sites Plimmerton area

6.00pm Kai

7.00pm Karakia followed by introduction to Hongoeka marae

  • Mihimihi
  • Debrief on pōwhiri
  • The kawa & history of Hongoeka marae
  • Māori in Porirua in the past and present

Sunday 7 April

9.00am-10.30am Researching with/by/for Māori (with Dr Maria Bargh, Te Kawa a Māui, VUW)

  • What is Mātauranga Māori?
  • What is Kaupapa Māori?
  • Approaches to research.

10.30-11.00am Kapu tī

11.00am-12.30pm Tikanga taonga (with Moana Parata & Mark Sykes, Collection Managers, Māori, and Awhina Tamarapa, Curator Māori, Te Papa)

  • What is taonga and how do you care for it, both in institutions and those kept at home?
  • Applying tikanga Māori to taonga in museum collections. How are Māori collections cared for and managed in current museum practice by kaitiaki Māori & non- Māori staff?
  • Kaitiakitanga

12.30pm-1.30pm Kai

1.30pm-3.30pm Discussion of scenarios and problems/situations from tikanga taonga session.

3.30pm-4.00pm Kapu tī

4.00pm-5.00pm Wrap up / Poroporoaki

Who is it for?

This is a two day introductory level wānanga which gives representatives from small museums, art galleries, heritage and iwi organisations an introduction to Māori perspectives on museums and heritage.

How do I sign up?

  • Please contact: to register for this wānanga.
  • Please register by Thursday 28 March 2013 to ensure a place on this wānanga.
  • The cost of this workshop is $40 to be paid on the day. Please note this was orginally advertised as $30 but there has been an increase in associated costs. 
  • If staying on the marae, please indicate this on the registration form and don't forget sleeping gear and personal toiletries