May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Te Papa seeks a Maori whanau

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The project team for the Slice of Heaven history exhibition (about Aotearoa in the twentieth century) which opens in October of this year is developing an AV to tell the story of Maori urbanisation: Maori moving from largely rural-based living in the 1930s and 40s to the towns and cities of New Zealand. We aim to profile an engaging Maori whanau and share their experiences of urbanisation through the generations up until the end of the twentieth century. To do this we need to find a whanau who are comfortable sharing their story on camera for a museum audience.

The whanau selected will be intergenerational. The older members (70s80s today) will have been born in rural areas. They will have grown up speaking Maori as their first language. The first generation will have been born in the city (30ish to 50ish today) and would have grown up in the 1950s, 60s, or 70s. Their children (mid twenties to teens today) may have been part of the kohanga generation with more te reo skills than their parents. This post-1980 generation may have attended kohanga reo and kura kaupapa, and possibly immersion secondary schools and wananga. This generation is more likely to have received tertiary education, and works in a wider variety of occupations than their parents or grandparents. Does this sound like your wh?nau or one that you know? Can they detail on camera both the rewards and challenges of Maori urbanisation in the last half of the twentieth century? Would your whanau be happy to share their korero with us?

If you or someone you know is interested, contact Debbie Martin from the Slice of Heaven team at [email protected] or call her on381 7450.

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