He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference

Monday, 6 March 2017 to Wednesday, 8 March 2017 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand


About He Manawa Whenua

He Manawa Whenua is the Māori term for a sub-terrainal aquifer or an underground spring. It is from this source that the most pure, clear and refreshing water is obtained, being naturally filtered through the land before emerging at the surface. Water is life, and because a Manawa Whenua originates deep within the earth, Māori believe it is a most precious resource vital for the well-being of the people. The statement “he manawa whenua e kore e mimiti”, considers that the flow of the underground spring is everlasting, therefore its benefits are unlimited.

This conference views mātauranga Māori as a Manawa Whenua, or a pool of knowledge, that is situated within the heart of the people. Like the water, this knowledge has been filtered throughout time by the community as well as the environment to become central to the life and well-being of Māori. This Māori centred knowledge also has the potential to deliver unlimited benefits for Māori, both now and into the future.

At the heart, or manawa of Māori knowledge is research. Therefore this conference proposes to explore the pool of Māori knowledge and research under the following theme,

"Mana Motuhake"
Indigenous Sovereignty

Around the world Indigenous Nations are engaged in movements that are focused upon the affirmation of our peoples as tangata whenua, the people of the land. We have chosen the theme for this conference to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples assertion of Mana Motuhake, of Indigenous Sovereignty. Mana Motuhake refers to multiple concepts such as: autonomy, self-determination, independence, Indigenous sovereignty and having authority over our own lives as Indigenous Peoples.