Art focus: Tangaroa
Pūrākau with Mark Kopua
Committed to developing indigenous systems for positive community outcomes
We promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples to indigenise all the spaces we occupy.
Mahi a Atua as an indigenous strategic framework
Considered by some to be a transformative framework of care, Mahi a Atua is deliberately grounded in indigenous knowledge, active learning and realtime feedback. A Mahi a Atua worldview inspires success in achieving systemic change.
Mahi a Atua as an intervention
This approach involves facilitating hui with Māori whānau and sharing traditional narratives, Māori creation stories (pūrākau), to connect with and liberate our people. It is ancestral healing, drawing from the creation and custom stories of Māori atua (gods), to better understand how our ancestors made sense of their realities.
Mahi a Atua as a philosophy
Mahi a Atua has been referred to as a 'worldview', a Māori paradigm, an ontological transformation. As a collective, those who engage in collective conversations using Mahi a Atua principles, are reclaiming their right to indigenising a unique way of 'studying' wisdom. Our Māori creation and custom stories are the foundation from which we question, discuss and debate ideas about existence, knowledge, values, mind and language.
We work with organisations who want to adopt Mahi a Atua as their care kaupapa. We provide consultation, leadership, wānanga, training and workshops that prioritise:
- Affirmation of whakapapa
- Changing systems to improve outcomes
- The need to understand how institutional racism impacts the inequity for Māori
- Exploring concepts inhibiting societal progress; individuality, meritocracy, a-history
- Becoming a Mataora (change agent)
We are guided by three key mātāpono (principles)
Drs' Diana Kopua & Michelle Levy, Tohunga Mark Kopua and invited guests have put together a series of publications to contribute and sanctify our ever changing world.
Te Whare Wānanga o Te Kurahuna Report 2021
An overview of our activities and finances in the 2021 financial year.