Tohu o te wā – Hangarau pūtaiao
Signs of our time – fusing technology and science to connect people to place
This project aims to develop a mātauranga (Māori knowledge) tool that will take a cross-domain perspective on the health of the environment from whenua to moana (land to sea).
The aim of the pilot is to develop a Te Ao Māori framework with Te Whare Kura o Maniapoto (Te Kuiti) and Te Whare Kura O Rakaumaunga (Huntly) which will measure the state of the māuri (life force) in the habitats. Ultimately, this framework will be transferred into a mobile application to support students throughout the region to engage in kaitiakitanga (guardianship).
BioHeritage Challenge co-funding is supporting three wānanga (educational forums) to develop the framework, plus planning for a regional showcase of the mobile app with the tauira (students) who designed it.
Tohu o te wā – Hangarau pūtaiao is lead by Kiri Reihana & Yvonne Taura. The project is a collaboration between Te Whare Kura O Maniapoto, Te Whare kura Rakaumanga, and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. It is supported by the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund and the BioHeritage Challenge.