Placing names, naming places: Mātauranga Māori and journeys of transformation


Our ancestors have journeyed across lands and oceans, through time and space, as they sought to understand the world around them and their place in it. They also embarked on more personal journeys that saw transformations ‘within’ individuals and whānau.
This panel considers whānau journeys grounded in ancestral knowledges and practices pertaining to birthing, naming and ageing. Using a kaupapa Māori approach we position mātauranga Māori as emancipation from colonial hegemony and necessary to our wellbeing. We demonstrate that there are tangible and conceptual pathways within mātauranga Māori that can support whānau in their healing, decolonisation and transformation.