Pūrākau: Empowering Māori lives through traditional oral narratives.


Pūrākau is referred to as a form of Māori narrative, or story-telling which has its origins in Māori oral traditions (Lee, 2005). This presentation reports on the post-graduate research studies carried out by three Māori women educationalists; Māori student success, whānau wellbeing through IronMāori and wā or Māori notions of time. Each study is unique and distinct from the others, however they are woven together through a common thread, pūrākau. Each presenter highlights the use of pūrākau within their research as important to reclaiming Māori cultural traditions and conceptual frameworks that continue to protect and uphold indigenous knowledge and understandings.