In the wake of the devastating Canterbury earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011, Greater Christchurch experienced a state of crisis.
As communities began to rebuild, it became apparent that the period of change and disruption also brought with it opportunities - the opportunity to move and innovate with the changes at hand, to strengthen and rebuild anew.
The education sector was just one area of our communities to do so and, in 2014, Mātauraka Mahaanui was born. The organisation was incepted by former Minister for Education Hekia Parata to innovate the inclusion of Māori and Ngāi Tahu content in the spaces, curricula, hearts and minds of education providers in Greater Christchurch and to assist in raising their bilingual capacity and the achievement of Māori students.
With ongoing support from the Ministry of Education and a mandate from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to operate on the behalf of the tribe, Mātauraka Mahaanui also works with three mana whenua rūnanga - Te Taumutu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāti Wheke.
By working together, this network enables Mātauraka Mahaanui mana whenua facilitators to advise on how local Māori stories and knowledge are woven into cultural narratives, physical spaces and curriculum content for education providers. This work serves to ultimately raise the profile of, and student and educator awareness for Māori and specifically Ngāi Tahu practices, beliefs and stories.