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  • In this recorded professional learning session Greta Dromgool invites guest speaker Associate Professor Hēmi Whaanga to discuss mātauranga Māori and to share his perspectives and experiences.

    Hēmi lectures in mātauranga and science at the University of Waikato and in this webinar he unpacks some key ideas teachers need to be thinking about when planning to incorporate ideas such as Matariki, Māori astronomy and navigation.

    Mātauranga Māori

    This is the edited recording of the Mātauranga Māori PLD webinar.

    So fascinating….. I have scribbled notes and links everywhere! Ka Rawe!


    Mātauranga Māori – slideshow

    This slideshow, from the webinar Mātauranga Māori, provides additional support for the video tutorial.

    Use the Slideshow menu for further options, including view full screen, and go here for the download option.

    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.

    Thank you for the PD on Thursday, it sparked some interesting ideas and was really valuable.



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    Introducing the Science Learning Hub and presenters






    Exploring mātauranga Māori – teacher ideas



    Exploring mātauranga Māori – perspectives



    Science and mātauranga



    Maramataka, weather and fresh water



    Students, making connections and whakapapa



    Tātai arorangi and Matariki






    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks



    Nature of science

    The Nature of Science Strand Understanding Science asks us to “Learn about science as a knowledge system: the features of scientific knowledge and the processes by which it is developed; and learn about the ways in which the work of scientists interacts with society.” Gaining an understanding of mātauranga Māori is an important way for students to see themselves in science and to develop an understanding of science as one way of knowing about the world. See our article The ‘Understanding about science’ strand for more information.

    Related content

    For an introduction to mātauranga Māori and science, read this article, and to discover many more resources, explore our Mātauranga Māori topic.

    In this webinar we touch on ideas about Matariki, Māori astronomy, maramataka, weather and navigation.

    You may also be interested in these webinars:

    Indigenous knowledge is increasingly valued, but to fully respect it we need to decolonise science – find out more in this article.

    Many of our resources incorporating te reo Māori can be found in this article here.

    To explore different aspects of research utilising science and mātauranga Māori, have a look at our Pinterest curation of resources here.

    The Science Learning Hub team has curated a collection of resources related to opportunities for using te reo Māori. Login to make this collection part of your private collection, just click on the copy icon. You can then add additional content, notes and make other changes. Registering an account for the Science Learning Hubs is easy and free – sign up with your email address or Google account. Look for the Sign in button at the top of each page.


    The Science Learning Hub would like to thank Associate Professor Hēmi Whaanga for his involvement in this webinar.

    Useful links

    Read this article, Busting the myths about mātauranga Māori from The Spinoff, written by Professor Ella Henry (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri), director of Māori advancement at the AUT Business School.

    Read this article by Dr Georgina Stewart, her aim is to unpack the issues implicit in the current trends to incorporate Māori knowledge in the secondary science curriculum, and help science teachers see the new standards in a more balanced and optimistic way.
    Stewart, G. (2022). Mātauranga Māori and secondary science teaching: 2022. Teachers’ Work, 19(2), 84-90.

    Watch this Mātauranga Māori in Education, Education Hub webinar recording with Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi) from 2023.

    Evidence supports the teaching of Indigenous knowledge alongside sciences in the classroom, read more in Amanda Black, Jason M. Tylianakis, Teach Indigenous knowledge alongside science. Science 383, 592–594 (2024). DOI:10.1126/science.adi9606

      Published 29 July 2019, Updated 29 March 2022 Referencing Hub articles
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