June 12, 2015
Springs of knowledge at indigenous conference
The University of Waikato’s Te Kotahi Research Institute has opened registrations for its He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference, which opens at the end of the month at Claudelands Event Centre.
Institute director Leonie Pihama says there is a strong emphasis on wellbeing and indigenous approaches.
Keynote speakers include indigenous researchers from America, Canada, Australia and Aotearoa, including Pou Temara, Karina Walters, Moe Milne, Jamee Mahealani Miller, Ruakere Hond, Bonnie Duran, Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Mereana Pitman and Linda Tuhiwai Smith.
Several hundred people are expected to attend the conference, with visitors from Hawaii, Australia, Canada and America mixing with a broad range of academics, researchers, students, iwi and community representatives from around New Zealand.
The conference title and theme, He Manawa Whenua, is the Maori term for a subterranean aquifer or an underground spring which is where the most pure, clear and refreshing water is obtained.
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