The Papa Wiri programme is a te ao Māori collaboration to educate and engage with Māori and tauiwi in the field of natural hazard resilience. The overall idea is to better prepare Aotearoa in the event of the next natural hazard in a fun and engaging way. Papa Wiri is a kete of information, engagement and learning fusing te reo Māori and cultural knowledge with western natural hazard planning. Papa Wiri is non-territorial and non-political fostering ngākau aroha for all iwi and the ability for each group to adapt their own stories and dialect into each programme. The kete aims to create kōrero and prompt questions while also connecting to Māori history and stories unique to each site. The programmes are targeting tamariki to kaumātua with the goal of encouraging planning and understanding of localised natural hazards while addressing Māori specific issues. The programmes will also have a component for tauiwi to learn and understand Māori values while also encouraging understanding of natural hazards.
One part of the Papa Wiri kete is the QuakeCraft school programme. QuakeCraft begins with the story of Rūaumoko, the baby of Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother), and is the cause of volcanoes and earthquakes. Taught bilingually in both te reo Māori and English, the students then build tall towers to withstand the shaking of Rūaumoko using a shake table and QuakeCraft education kits. The shake table is used to encourage hands-on learning and to show real-world earthquake data in a visual and engaging way.
This programme has been developed out of the third QuakeCoRE annual meeting in 2018 with the help of Anne-Marie Midwood-Murray and Benoir Midwood-Murray. Papa Wiri is led by Anne-Marie and Benoir in collaboration with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and others. Anne-Marie and Benoir are Māori educators with an understanding as vision mātauranga researchers. Over the last three years, the team has been brainstorming and designing modules for Papa Wiri and is a continuing work-in-progress. The team has put a great deal of effort into ensuring the correct tikanga for this programme, connecting with mana whenua while, and supporting this Māori led project.