October 09, 2020
Lockdown spurred kaumātua to record whakapapa
Kirikiriroa-based Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust has produced six short videos of kaumātua sharing their experiences of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Chief executive Rangimahora Reddy says the Health Promotion Agency-funded Ngā Matauranga Taonga series was a way to capture a special period of time and draw some lessons from it.
They range from a retired nurse who overcame her fears of the danger of the coronavirus by immersing herself in helping ensure other kaumātua had the support they needed, to a kuia who shared the pain of her tāne dying in a rest home while she was in hospital.
"There were a few challenges our kaumātua faced but the stories they tell gives you insight in to what they did. Whakapapa was something that popped up time and time again. People would use this time to record whakapapa for their mokos, for their whānau, so I thought this was really beautiful and you will see that in whaea Hoki's story," Ms Reddy says.
Ngā Mātauranga Taonga is available on YouTube
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