Youth-led Initiatives to Physically Reconnect Whānau (families) to Ancestral Landscapes and Seascapes

We will present findings from two research studies. The first study we examined ways to reconnect whānau (family) to our ancestral landscapes through walking, paddling, swimming and biking with our moutains, rivers and marae (ancestral meeting house) and through technology such as virtual reality, short films and story maps created by rangatahi (youth) for their elders. The second study explored the whakapapa (genealogy) of Tangaroa (deity of the ocean) through creating taonga tākaro (Māori games and physical activities) to improve health, wellbeing and identity. We will share early editions of our youth-led creations to re-engage with landscape and seascapes.