Think Talk: Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te iwi. If the land and sea are healthy, the people will be healthy.
Tuesday 21 May 2024 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The title of the presentation reflects an holistic indigenous worldview – te ao Māori, in which ancestral Māori ways of living – rivers and lakes are the tears of Ranginui, the sky father, mourning his separation from Papatuānuku, the earth mother, and people are their descendants, joined in complex whakapapa that link all forms of life together. Reciprocity amongst Māori peoples and the natural world is the foundation of the Māori worldview, in which well-being is considered in cultural, spiritual, historical and ecological dimensions, as well as physical. In this presentation I will discuss an Indigenous System of attuning with the environment, and its role in modern Health and Well-Being.
About Dan Hikuroa, Associate Professor, Waipapa Taumata Rau – University of Auckland
Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Whanaunga, Pākehā) is a father, surfer, paddle-boarder, gardener, loves the taiao and is an Associate Professor in Māori Studies, Waipapa Taumata Rau-University of Auckland. Dan is an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge and science to realise the dreams of the communities he works with. Dan is UNESCO New Zealand Commissioner for Culture, member of Pou Herenga, Māori Advisory to the Climate Change Commission, has key roles within New Zealand’s Centres of Research Excellence, National Science Challenges and advises national and regional government, communities and philanthropic trusts. Dan is spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability and understanding well-being, wellness and health, including weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies with science and into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated.