Grow communities / Training / Guide your own ruku: Mātauranga Māori / Tūhuratia Mātakitaki mai (20 to 90 minutes)

Ruku into the rich kōrero shared in the Tākai Kōrero webinar mātauranga Māori – reawakening DNA. You can watch the full webinar if you have a longer workshop or session, or use these short clips for a 20 minute discussion in a shorter hui or workshop.


This session provides some examples for deep diving into what mātauranga Māori is, its benefits for whānau and how we can support whānau choosing to parent based on traditional parenting practices.


Sometimes we watch webinars and attend professional development which is really interesting, but we don't have the time to reflect and really consider how it relates to our mahi, or how to make it part of our mahi in ways that feel okay for us, and the whānau we work with.

While the Tākai Kōrero webinar mātauranga Māori – reawakening DNA provides the information for the session, your kōrero together is an important opportunity to reflect and plan how to embed mātauranga into your mahi.

Mātakitaki mai

If you have time to watch the whole webinar together, ka pai!

Be sure to get comfy and set up a good space for viewing by:

  • setting the scene – introduce the webinar and why you're watching it together
  • posing a question for everyone to think about while watching the video, this will help the kōrero after viewing the clip
  • reflecting on your question at the end of the video
  • planning some ways kaimahi can bring their new ideas into their mahi by reflecting with the next whānau they work with.

Watch the full Tākai Kōrero webinar Mātauranga Māori – reawakening DNA

Shorter ruku sessions

If you don't have a full hour to watch the webinar, use these short clips and discussion prompts. These will take about 20 minutes each, which allows for time to watch the video and for group discussion.

Set the scene by introducing the kaupapa of your session, watch the videos and allow enough time to reflect and discuss together.

Mātauranga a whānau (20 minutes)

In this short clip, Elizabeth Emere Harte of Tūpuna Parenting discusses the different types of mātauranga. Elizabeth highlights mātauranga a whānau as a way to connect back to the ways that tīpuna parented.

Ask your group:

  • What was one highlight for you from the kōrero?
  • How does this kōrero relate to how you support whānau?
  • Do you have any whānau pūrākau or traditions?

Elizabeth talks about her whānau tradition of burying the pito after birth. You might want to dive deeper and explore this tradition in the Whakatipu booklet Te Kākano.

Te pito me te whenua


What is mātauranga Māori? (20 minutes)

In this video Deb Rewiri talks about mātauranga Māori, which to her means the theory of knowledge. Deb talks about the importance of te taiao – the natural world.

Ask your group:

  • What things have you tried with a parent or whānau who are disconnected from their whakapapa? Does anyone want to share?
  • What is one Māori concept or activity you use with whānau you support?

Closing your ruku session

Recap some of the great kōrero that has come up in the session and thank everyone for their sharing.

Close with a whakataukī or a karakia – it's up to you.

You might want to send a follow up email with some articles from the Tākai website, links to the clips and other websites to learn more.

Tips for success

  • Test your technology – if you're sharing the videos through Zoom or Teams for an online hui, practice sharing your screen with the sound included.
  • Be confident and have positive energy – and remember you'll learn and grow as a facilitator as you lead more sessions.
  • Silence is fine, but make sure to have more pātai up your sleeve!


Related articles

He iti, he iti kahikatoa

Mātauranga Māori

Other resources

Tūpuna Parenting(external link) – Elizabeth Emere Harte's website

Whakatipu | Tākai resources (external link)