July 11, 2016
Ice mountains inspire tekoteko
The collection of Maori songs and stories relating to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica is one of seven projects to be funded as part of the Deep South National Science Challenge.
Te Tai Uka a Pia project leader Sandy Morrison from Waikato University says such stories are likely to come from Te Waipounamu and Wharekauri-Rekohu.
One example is the tekoteko atop Te Awhina Marae in Motueka featuring Hui Te Rangiora, who Ngati Rarua and Te Atiawa says is the first person to go that far south and back again.
Associate Professor Morrison says such narratives are a way to help Maori understand the science coming out of the frozen continent and its implications for climate change.
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