Monday May 01, 2017   Last updated 18:15PM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

06:00pm - 07:00pm
Whakatauki have conservation messages

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Researchers believe ancient whakatauki can help inform modern environmental practice.

Waikato University linguist Hemi Whaanga and ecologist Dr Priscilla Wehi from Otago University have been given a $345,000 Marsden Fast-Start grants to see how the sayings of the elders relate to conservation and biodiversity.

Dr Whaanga says they have been looking at whakatauki for several years to uncover their messages, including relationships Māori had with the environment.

"We wanted to explore the kind of knowledge and understanding of conservation that we had and also the biodiversity embedded in whakatauki and see whether these whakatauki can make a contribution to issues around language and cultural sustainability, biodiversity and conservation," he says.

Dr Whaanga says some whakatauki can be traced back to the extinction of the moa in the mid 15th century.

Rheumatic Fever
E-Tangata-30042017
Waatea TV
 
Parakuihi Breakfast with Dale Husband
Former Mayor of New Plymouth Andrew Judd
Palmerston North are looking at the possibility of a Maori ward. Palmerston North could have a Maori ward or wards at the next local body elections.
Te Taura Whiri I te reo Maori CE Ngahiwi Apanui
The Maori affairs select committee wants to hold an extra financial review of the Maori Language Commission later this year as it manages the transition to the new environment where it shares responsibility for Maori language revitalisation with Te Matawai.
Maori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox
A weekly korero with Marama Fox Co-Leader of the Maori Party on te wahanga Parakuihi.
1 Hone Harawira | Nga pakanga nui o te ao
Ka whakapuakina mai a Hone i ona ake whakaaro mo te take i haere a taatou tipuna ki ngaa pakanga o te ao i ngaa raa o mua
2 Atene Andrews | Nga take hauora
Ko Atene te kaumaatua o Pharmac, ka korero i a ia mo ngaa kaupapa nui o te wa nei ki toona ao o te hauora
3 Peeni Henare | Nga take torangapu o te wa
Ka korero a Peeni mo ngaa kaupapa nui kei te pae korero i teenei wa mo te paati Reipa
4 Shane Jones | Te hui nui i taawahi
Ka whakamarama mai a Shane i te aahuatanga o te hui i taawahi, i koorero raatou mo ngaa take peenei i te moana, me peehea te whakawhakanake i ngaa mahi hii ika
5 Piriwiritua Rurawhe | Nga mahi o te wa a te haahi Ratana
He mahi moni te haere ake nei a te haahi Ratana kei a Piriwiritua te roanga ake o ngaa whakamaarama
The fear of admitting our Prison and Justice system is racist
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: The fear that seems to underpin so many of those voices attacking the Waitangi Tribunal's response that the failure to lower Maori incarceration and reoffending amounts to a Treaty breach needs to be acknowledged.
How Maori, young voters and Women will decide the 2017 Election
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: If we look at the opinion poll stats 6 months out from the last 3 elections, National over poll by a significant percentage, Labour over poll by a smaller percentage, the Greens are static and NZ First rises when Labour's vote collapses.
NZ water should be for Kiwi's. Full stop.
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: What is going on with our water?
0
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.