May 14, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Ngati Taone: Maori in the City seeking participants

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A while back we reported that Te Papa Tongarewa was looking for Maori to be part of their audiovisual display which sought to tell the story of Maori urban migration. The curators are looking for people who are comfortable sharing their story on camera for a museum audience. If you know of anyone please feel free to forward this on to them or have a korero with them- staff are happy to discuss with people if they want more specifics.

The following details the groupingsforthepeople and stories which it is hoped will be covered in the interviews.

They need Maori from across three generations:

1. First generation of Maori to come to the city:

Male and Female

  • Aged60+
  • Will have been born in their rural iwi areas.
  • Most likely have spoken Maori as their first language
  • Most probably have faced discrimination in urban settings
  • Will have a variety of reason for coming to town, but often it was driven by economic necessity
  • May have lived in Maori hostels, attended Maori Affairs trade training scheme
  • May have first lived in the city/town through attending Maori boarding schools.
  • May have connections with Urban Marae, Maori culture clubs, Ngati Poneke, have attended dances, been in a Maori showband, joined Maori Womens Welfare League, been a Maori Warden
  • May possibly have returned to their whenua on retirement?

2. First generation of city born Maori:

Male and Female

  • 40+
  • Most likely not had te reo spoken at home
  • May have felt isolated from their cousins back home
  • May have taken steps to learn te reo as an adult
  • May have connections with kapahaka, waka ama, toi Maori, ta moko,etc

3. Second generation of city born Maori:

Male and Female

  • 20ish
  • May have gone to kohanga, kura kaupapa and/or attended wananga.
  • May have grown up in a whanau/community environment where being Maori was expressed
  • May have connections with kapahaka, waka ama, toi Maori, ta moko,
  • 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 you or someone you know? Peoplewill need to be comfortable talking on camera about both the rewards and challenges of Maori urbanisation in the last half of the twentieth century? Would you be happy to share your korero with us?If so please get in touch ASAP- interviewing should start in June. Also please feel free to pass this on to your networks, both internal and external.

Debbie Martin
Curator, 20th Century NZ History Exhibition
Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
DDI: +64 4 381 7450

or email Nicola Smith

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