Digital resource draws on Waikato-Tainui traditions, histories, knowledges
The Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development has created a digital resource which enhances school students’ access to tribal knowledge.
web-based resource was created in partnership with the Science Learning Hub and
is a repository of Waikato-Tainui traditions, histories and practices
pertaining to the Waikato River.
Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, the College’s Academic Director, says "The Waikato River
is a part of our identity both as a tribe and a region so it’s important we get
school students engaged in various aspects of the river, from tribal history
and tikanga to science and environmental issues.”
resource, titled Tooku Awa Koiora to
reflect the tribe’s connection to the Waikato River and its surrounding
environments features information about the history of raupatu (confiscation)
and the Waikato-Tainui settlements, information on tikanga and kaitiakitanga
(guardianship) as well as video interviews with tribal members and iwi
resource will further students’ knowledge and understanding of the river as it
utilises multimedia to share Waikato-Tainui values, stories, research and
experiences,” says Dr Tiakiwai.
Alister Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato and Director
of the Science Learning Hub, says "Effective science learning occurs when
students explore meaningful, relevant contexts. This partnership with Waikato-Tainui
is an exciting development that has led to the production of a valuable
production of Tooku Awa Koiora was supported by the Waikato River Authority. Tooku
Awa Koiora will be hosted by the Science Learning Hub website – www.sciencelearn.org. The
Science Learning Hub promotes student interest and engagement in science by
providing contemporary, contextualised resources for school teachers from Years
2–10. It is managed by the University of Waikato and funded by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment.