Ko Māui Hangarau is a Māori Tech and innovation Summit for rangatahi Māori, whanau and educators that aims to awaken, inspire, and ignite rangatahi to see the infinite opportunities in the tech industry. Supported by the Ministry of Education, the event is designed to capture the hearts and minds of rangatahi who have an interest in Digital Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Haeata Community campus was very lucky to be able to host the 11th event at our kura.
A selection of Māori and Pasifika ākonga from all over Ōtautahi were lucky enough to be able to participate in this event. We listened to an amazing line up of Māori Tech Entrepreneurs who shared some korero about some of the cool mahi they are working on, their journey and experiences, Kendal Flutey, Anton Matthews, and Taikawa Tamati-Eliffe.
Our rangatahi were awakened, inspired and ignited!
He hiringa hangarau, he oranga tangata
Innovation in technology for the benefit of people.
As part of our continued learning journey around the cultural narratives of this whenua, we visited Tautahi Pā. These haerenga help with our connectedness to the whenua and our knowledge of the mana whenua, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu.
We were fortunate enough to engage with Waka on Avon and be taken on a walking tour by the very knowledgeable Matua Jerry. We learnt about Tautahi Pā, which was established by a rangatira from Koukourarata, Tautahi. He is also who Ōtautahi was named after. The Ōtākaro was an important mahinga kai or food and resource gathering area, for Ngāi Tahu, and for Tautahi and his people visiting from Horomaka. This place was later a landing place on the Ōtākaro used by the first European settlers. We also visited a monument which consists of three carved pou. This marks the spot where Tautahi married and represents the three waves of migration, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, and Ngāi Tahu.
After our walking tour we experienced the excitement of paddling a hand-crafted waka down the Ōtākaro, and learnt about the importance of the waka to Māori. We enjoyed more early stories of Ngāi Tahu and the earliest European settlers, and the positive things they achieved building the city of Christchurch together.
Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua.
As man disappears from sight, the land remains.