Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nō hea koe? - Māori Maps

Nō hea koe? - Where are you from? A common greeting in any Māori/Pasifika introduction. Who you are and where you are from determines your place in this world. It helps the person you are speaking to make a connection with you. So what happens when your sense of ancestral ties lie in another part of New Zealand. With most Māori living in urban areas the links to marae for many Māori occurs when you have lost a loved on, when you are celebrating an event or a family reunion.

Today I read an article in the Aucklander - "Putting Māori on the Map" which briefly details the endeavours of some wonderful people who have trekked Tai Tokoreau capturing images of Northland and Auckland marae - these images and details have been capture on a portal called Māori Maps.

Instinctively, I took the opportunity to search my own marae (as you do). And there in all of its glory is an image of Kohewhata Marae on Mangakahia Rd and Te Kotahitanga Marae on Rangihamama Rd. I can see the potential of such a site and am looking forward to see how it unravels.


  1. Kia Ora Naketa,
    Just touching base, and found this wonderful post. Unfortunately my Marae is not yet listed, but an amazing tool to allow for children and whanau to share where they are from- we discussed this today with ERO. Cant wait to take back tomorrow and use.


  2. Kia ora Joann
    Thanks for your comment. Perhaps you can email them and let them know yours is not there. I dont think you are the only one to have your whare omitted. Hope you are well.

  3. Nga mihi mo enei o nga korero tautoko,
    It is awesome to see blog surfacing regarding Maori Maps. We appreciate any and all feedback on our mahi. We hope to have marae up on the website by March 2013, with continues input, research and updates throughout. Hoinoo, mauri ora ki a koutou. Paratene


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