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Te Pūrakau o Te Makaro

Te Papatipu Matihiko – Culture and Digital Innovation Nestled at the heart of Te Wairoa’s river sits Te Makaro, a digital learning space with a history as rich, deep and diverse as the waters that flow past their doors. From Kōhanga to Pā Tuwatawata: The space once served as a Kōhanga, a nesting site for Makaro, later becoming a Pā Tuwatawata, a fighting Pā. Adjacent to this was another Pā, Te Waihirere. There, the Makiekie stream flows into the Wairoa river, known for its connection to the waka Takitimu and now Takitmu marae. Further along the river stood another Pā, that of Pitiera Kopu. A Place of Grounding and Growth: Whilst the building was originally part of the Wairoa College Home Economics block in the 1960s, it found its way to where it sits now in 2007. Local Taiao advocate, Arna Galvan was the original purchaser and transformed the building

A Journey Down Under: An Unforgettable Experience at SXSW Sydney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhLboa3U9fI Introduction After a seamless three and a half hours in the air from Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) to Te Whenua Moemoeā (Australia), I found myself amidst the vibrant atmosphere of Sydney, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Opera House. The reason for this trans-Tasman journey? The inaugural South by Southwest (SXSW) in Sydney, a convergence of film, interactive media, and music festivals that typically calls Austin, Texas home. Discovering SXSW For those unacquainted with SXSW, it’s an annual gathering that draws participants from diverse creative industries, creating a kaleidoscope of panels, presenters, celebrity appearances, and musical performances over five days. This year, it wasn’t just about the event, it was about bringing Te Ao Māori and the richness of indigenous cultures to the forefront at the AotearoaNzHouse. Embracing Indigenous Roots at AotearoaNzHouse The AotearoaNzHouse proved to be a home away from home, a haven for indigenous creatives, businessmen,

Te Wairoa’s First Digital Tech Hub of it’s kind Launched

Te Papatipu Matihiko Announces the Grand Opening of  Te Makaro, Te Wairoa’s newest Digital Tech Hub Te Wairoa, Aotearoa New Zealand, September 1, 2023 – Te Papatipu Matihiko is thrilled to announce the grand opening of Te Makaro, Te Wairoa’s first-ever Digital Tech Hub for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau wishing to explore pathways into digital and creative tech through a Mātauranga Māori lens, staircasing into accredited programmes, delivered by a registered teacher, all in one space.  This innovative space aims to reignite a love of learning and challenge issues related to digital equity while empowering the local community through cultural identity, technology and education. New Beginnings  | Te Makaro Te Makaro is where our journey begins, a kōhanga to provide a warm and caring learning environment for our ākonga. A Pā Tūwatawata to provide the protection and support to grow a love for learning a dedicated team, in tune with

Mātauranga Māori Practitioners collaborate to create opportunities

Play Video Te Papatipu Matihiko (TPM), is an inspired collective of tūturu Māori organisations, made up of mātauranga Māori practitioners, innovators and educators who see what doesn’t work in mainstream education and created a positive alternative to those who don’t fit the one size fits all. Providing a culturally responsive and holistic approach to learning in a digital context. Integrating technology into education and finding innovative ways to deliver hands-on experiences which allow people to explore the digital space. “Our aspirations are to reignite a love for learning and life, support in the journey of self-identity and to prepare our ākonga for greatness. While the focus is on digital, Mātauranga Māori is the foundation of our kaupapa. It’s a Māori pedagogy because it’s revolutionary focused and we’re optimising learning,” explains Henry Lawton, Chair of Te Papatipu Matihiko. 78% of rangatahi play video games online and esports is a fantastic example

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