The term mātauranga Māori literally means Māori knowledge and is closely aligned to the period of pre-European contact as it encompasses traditional concepts of knowledge and knowing that Māori ancestors brought with them to Aotearoa/New Zealand. The survival of the Māori language is a cultural and historical marker linking us back to this period and demonstrates a continuum from pre-contact to the present day. Post first-contact, mātauranga Māori evolved in important and significant ways as the ancestors encountered new environments and contexts such as flora and fauna, climate and geography and in terms of the need to respond to new technology, languages and cultures they had not known or experienced before.
Te Ara Poutama embraces mātauranga Māori as a field of study for a raft of topics ranging from traditional knowledge such as te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and whakapapa to more contemporary areas of study such as kaitiakitanga, the Māori performing arts, Māori identity and Māori language revitalisation which are topics which reflect and respond to a changing world.
Professor Tania Ka’ai
Professor in Māori Innovation and Development, Head Postgraduate
Research and Supervisory Interests include: