Te Whakatupu Mātauranga

Te Kāhui Whakatupu Mātauranga supports Te Wānanga o Raukawa to reclaim, preserve and grow the mātauranga continuum. This includes developing skills to grow and share mātuaranga, using those skills in projects to grow our understanding, and sharing knowledge through publishing and hui.

Whāngai and the Adoption of Māori is a three year project hosted by Te Wānanga o Raukawa with support from the Marsden fund. The project has three aims:

  • to grow our understanding of the ongoing, inter-generational impacts of closed-stranger adoption on Māori adoptees and their descendants;
  • to grow our understanding of the practice of whāngai now and in the past, and its impacts on the well-being of whāngai and their whānau; and
  • to explore ways to heal the violence of closed-stranger adoption, and the potential of whāngai to contribute to whānau, hapū, and iwi wellbeing. 

To achieve these aims, our team will:

  • look at the ways in which colonisation has shaped whāngai and adoption practices;
  • talk with whāngai, adoptees, and their whānau about their experiences; and
  • explore ways to support Māori adoptees and their whānau, including with iwi, and how whāngai might be used in the future.

A national hui, drawing together the project’s participants and interested parties, will be held in 2020 to share and further develop the findings. Proceedings from the hui will be published, along with a book examining whānau and iwi experiences and understandings.

 

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