Fuluhi ki tua ke kitia mitaki a mua
Look to the past to clearly see the way forward
The Ngā Kākano wānanga series has been slowly growing within the Museum, enriching it with deep cultural knowledge and value that is specific to Māori and Pasifika over the past three years. It is a moment in time where indigenous knowledge is brought to the fore and valued, countering the dominant colonial knowledge of things.
The series has been filled with national and international Māori and Pasifika speakers of great renown and deep cultural mana, for example Kumu Aulií Mitchell from Hawaii, Reuben Taipari and Heeni Hoterene, Precious Clark, Lady Dowager Tuna Fielakepa nee Tonga, Lisa Taouma and Damon Salesa to name a few. The Museum is developing a reputation for providing a space specifically for its whānau and wider audiences to be enlightened with seeds of great Māori and Pasifika knowledge and experiences, to be given access to these speakers and share in a safe space to ask questions.
We have endured a year of difficult and unprecedented change, where the well-being of our people and environment continues to be tested. The Museum is ideally placed to strengthen and uplift our unique identities, values, knowledge systems and experiences through our taonga, people and special place at Tāmaki Paenga Hira - building our individual and collective resilience so that our current generation can continue to adapt and evolve through this challenging time for our future generations. The wisdom of our indigenous knowledge systems is becoming more widely recognised, especially here in Aotearoa where museum experts, scientists and scholars are working closely with our community kaitiaki and knowledge holders on shared solutions for the well-being of our people and environment.
This has meant an opportunity to take Ngā Kākano to a deeper level, with two special events annually – museum based thought and enlightenment from our unique perspectives in Aotearoa and the Pacific. We also have a newly transformed space that embodies the inextricable interconnection between the Māori and Pacific dimensions at Tāmaki Paenga Hira, and the above whakataukī, uplifting the mana of Ngā Kākano and the vā of our speakers and audiences. Thus, in this new space we will bring to an end 2020 and re-invigorate a new 2021 with this special Ngā Kākano talk continuing the conversation on de-colonising and indigenising museums from leading changemakers to imagine possible futures.