Tuesday 26th November, 2013
11:30am to 11:45am
What are the challenges facing tribal marae today? How can core identity-based knowledge and values be protected, while remaining relevant and accessible to descendants wherever they might live in the world? How can at-risk Māori youth safely reconnect to their tribal identity? Can digital initiatives assist reconnection?
Digitally accessing marae represents both risks and opportunities; crisis and compromise. Tribal Māori disconnection is a very real crisis of our generation. If NZ loses the essence of marae (he tangata, he tangata, he tangata), we will be risking our nation’s unique point of cultural difference that anchors us to the Pacific (and all that represents). Solutions appear to be inescapably digital, requiring compromise from both sides of the Treaty if marae are to emerge from this crisis as dynamic leadership centres of identity, contributing to nation wellbeing.
Paul Tapsell descends from prominent tribes of Bay of Plenty and Waikato and is Professor and Academic Chair of Māori Studies at the University of Otago.
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