QuakeCoRE Seminar – 21 February 2020

Blind Prediction Competition 2019 – Results
December 4, 2019
2020 Strategic Funding: Proposal Development Grants
January 22, 2020

10 am Friday 21 February

Lucy Kaiser (Massey University)

Wāhine tapuhi ō te parawhenua mea kia mataara: A collective of wāhine-led, community-based research on earthquake and tsunami resilience


Despite increasing attention on the importance of earthquake risk reduction for Aotearoa New Zealand communities, there are limited Māori-medium resources available and more representation of Māori wāhine  (women) researchers is needed within the field. This paper explores the research initiatives of three emerging wāhine researchers, utilising a range of novel approaches to engagement and collaboration including traditional story-telling, Mātauranga Māori and design technologies to increase resilience for Māori communities from tamariki (children) to kaumatua (elders). Te Hīkoi a Rūaumoko (Rūaumoko’s Walk) is a bilingual pukapuka (book) based on Ngāti Kahungunu iwi (tribe) pūrākau (stories) that relate to natural earthquake warnings and preparedness within their region. This project is digitizing the printed picture book into an interactive medium with animation and information pop ups for the benefit of kaiako (teachers), whānau (extended family) and tamariki. The second project is an educational outreach programme piloting a tuakana/teina (mentorship) model for high school and primary school-aged students enrolled at Māori medium schools and kauapapa Māori kura (schools) in the Hawke’s Bay and a curriculum project aligned with NCEA assessment standards for senior Te Kura Kaupapa Māori high school students in Wellington. The project is framed by the Te Whare Tapa Wha health model to create a holistic understanding of earthquake and tsunami risk. The final project has woven local knowledge, Mātauranga Māori and western science to communicate historic and contemporary tsunami risk and resilience information using reciprocal and interactive public memorial events and hui (gathering) in Wharekauri-Rekohu (the Chatham Islands). Weaving together these three projects is a wider narrative of ethnographic reflection exploring the role of three emerging wāhine researchers collaborating in the field of seismic research and the challenges and successes involved within this.


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