The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project is using the latest Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to record, map and transmit traditional Ngāi Tahu knowledge. With the aid of GIS technology the stories and place names that record Ngāi Tahu history in Te Waipounamu are being mapped onto a virtual landscape for future generations.

GIS integrates computer technology for capturing, managing, analysing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. It allows the user to view, understand, question, interpret and visualise data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in a variety of mediums.

Ngāi Tahu place names, traditional travel routes, Māori reserved land and other areas of cultural significance are examples of the knowledge that is being recorded on the GIS technology. In essence the GIS tool is where relationships can be analysed and then visualised in the form of maps. The system allows layers of information to be laid over the land, bringing the information to life and giving it greater context.

In conjunction with the mapping of cultural values is the development of a reference based system guided by kaumātua and marae representatives to ensure the authenticity and integrity of information.

Takerei Norton and Iain Gover will be attending this cultural mapping hui so Wairewa Whānau can work together inclusively to review the Cultural Mapping work that has been completed so far with regards to recording and mapping Māori place names throughout Te Pātaka a Rākaihautū.

The details of the Wairewa Cultural Mapping Hui are:

  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Date: Sunday 10 April
  • Location: Wairewa Marae

The purpose of this hui will be to review all of the Māori place names that have been mapped throughout the takiwā of Wairewa Rūnanga. If you would like copies of the draft reports to review prior to our hui please contact the Wairewa Rūnanga office, 03 377 1513 or [email protected]

Takerei would also like to discuss the draft Cultural Mapping Policy for Wairewa Rūnanga and seek formal feedback. Copies can be request from the office.

If you are interested in attending, can you please RSVP to the Wairewa Rūnanga office, 03 377 1513 or [email protected] for catering purposes by Monday 4 April. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Takerei directly on 0800 KAI TAHU or [email protected]