Te Kura Whenua ki Wairarapa & Porangahau wānanga completion report

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Terezow, M.; Levy, R.H.; Hollis, C.J.; Cochran, U.A.; Bland, K.J. 2017 Te Kura Whenua ki Wairarapa & Porangahau wananga completion report. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science miscellaneous series 108. 28 p.; doi: 10.21420/G2Z92N

Abstract: During March and October 2016, GNS Science and Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated led two Te Kura Whenua wānanga at Kohunui Marae, Pirinoa, Wairarapa and Rongomaraeroa Marae, Porangahau, respectively. Te Kura Whenua is a community engagement initiative aimed at creating dialogue and sharing knowledge between scientists and Māori communities on geoscience-related topics, such as climate change, geological hazards, geological resources, and Māori perspectives on the whenua. The two three-day wānanga involved field-based and hands-on activity-based learning. This report outlines these activities and summarises the outcomes of the two wānanga. There were a total of 26 participants and 13 facilitators at the two wānanga combined. Participants ranged in age and backgrounds. The experiential learning format of the wānanga appealed to the participants who gained a Western science view on geoscience-related topics, and gave positive feedback on their experiences. The facilitators gained a better understanding on iwi perspectives on whakapapa, environmental protection and natural resources. The two wānanga at Wairarapa and Porangahau add to the successful line of iwi-focused engagement initiatives under the Te Kura Whenua banner. (auth)