March 09, 2021
Futures Academy looks to Maori past for solutions
The head of Ngāi Tahu education subsidiary Tokona Te Raki Maori Futures Collective says the new centre for indigenous social innovation it is establishing at Canterbury University will operate from a Māori world view.
The Māori Futures Academy is inspired by the d-school at Stanford University in California's Silicon Valley, which uses design principles and methods to help people unlock their creative potential.
Tokona Te Raki executive director, Eruera Tarena, says western systems of learning can't cater to a growing rangatahi Māori population, so the centre will look to give future Māori leaders the skills they need.
"So really it's creating a space where we can start to define and build a solution that comes from our own world view so rather than keeping on parachuting western solutions imported from America, how do we start to use our own mātauranga and coming back to that, it's all in our history, it's in our whakapapa, it's in our DNA," he says
The academy will provide paid internships for 10 rangatahi a year.
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