Relationships and connections between animals, plants, people and our values from a Māori world view
Session Outline: In the Māori world/Te Ao Māori there is only one set of primal ancestors (Ranginui and Papatūānuku) from whom all things ultimately trace descent, therefore all things are related. Be they people, animals, plants, rocks, water… everything is connected and dependent on each other for their health and well-being. Our sessions will use the flora and fauna of Te Wao Nui as a vehicle to illustrate and explain the many relationships and in so doing provide greater understanding and appreciation of Māori culture and its many principles and practices, for example, kaitiakitanga, whakapapa, karakia, rongoā etc.
At the end of the sessions students will:
- Develop an understanding of the world, built on current scientific theories.
- Learn that science involves particular processes and ways of developing and organising knowledge and that these continue to evolve.
- Explore the unique bicultural nature of New Zealand society that derives from the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Understand how societies are organised and function and how the ways in which people and communities respond are shaped by different perspectives, values, and viewpoints.
- Participate with understanding and confidence in situations where te reo and tikanga Māori predominate and to integrate language and cultural understandings into their lives
Please see our Mātauranga Māori PDF for more information.