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Te Kura Whenua ki Wairarapa: a hands-on earth science exploration experience

Our communities are increasingly faced with challenging questions regarding the use and management of our natural resources. Scientific research can provide important information to guide decisions but is often difficult to understand. Through the Te Kura Whenua wānanga we explore the science behind the issues through practical exercises and field trips, and gain insights into local perspectives on topics such as:

  • potential impacts of climate and sea level change 
  • risks from natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunami 
  • geological resources in your rohe 
  • the rich whakapapa to be gleaned from linking cultural and scientific knowledge

Te Kura Whenua ki Wairarapa wānanga is a joint initiative of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and GNS Science. The three day marae-based wānanga will be a practical exploration of local earth science and mātauranga-a-iwi in which you will:

  • get your hands dirty doing real science with experts from GNS Science
  • contribute your own knowledge and views on issues of importance to your iwi
  • ask questions, collect information, generate interpretations
  • learn how scientists uncover the secrets hidden within and beneath our modern landscape
  • visit fascinating geological sites in your region
  • pass on your new knowledge to whānau and friends

When: 16 – 18 March 2016
Where: Kohunui Marae, Pirinoa;
Field Trips: Lake Wairarapa, Lake Onoke, Putangirua Pinnacles, Kupe's Sail, Te Kaukau Point
Who: 20-25 adults and senior high school students (16 years and older)


Registrations for this wānanga are FREE! To register, please fill out the online form here
or contact Marianna Terezow by 4 March 2016 (CLOSED).

Please note that if this event is oversubscribed, preference will be given to Māori with links to the southern Wairarapa rohe.

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