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

Our communities face challenging questions about the use and management of our natural resources, and how to build resilience to natural hazards and climate change. Scientific research helps to guide decision-making but is often difficult to understand. Te Kura Whenua is a hands-on marae- and field-based experience that explores the science behind the issues through practical exercises and field trips; it helps bridge the gap between western science and Mātauranga Māori, and it fosters dialogue on these important issues.

Interpreting seismic.

Interpreting seismic. South Wairarapa coast.

Te Kura Whenua was developed as a joint initiative of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and GNS Science. Each wānanga takes place in a different part of Aotearoa and covers topics of national and local interest. The wānanga typically focus on:

  • building resilience to natural and man-made challenges (earthquakes, tsunami, sea-level rise)
  • responsible management of natural resources (groundwater, petroleum)
  • the rich geological whakapapa of the rohe and relationships with mātauranga-a-iwi.
Sharing knowledge

Sharing knowledge.

During this three-day, field- and marae-based experience you will:

  • get your hands dirty doing real science with experts from GNS Science
  • learn how scientists uncover the secrets hidden within and beneath our modern landscape
  • visit fascinating geological sites in your region and learn how the geological record and traditional knowledge may complement each other
  • gain new knowledge to pass onto whānau and friends

For information on the next upcoming wānanga, please see our Events page.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about this initiative or bring Te Kura Whenua to your region.