Topics: Tainui, Technology

Technology to take Kīngitanga into the future

By Hone-Haunui Rapana
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Using the many tools of technology is what Te Kāhui Rangatahi has identified as the way of today.  

But with the growth of these resources, would that affect people going back to their marae and would the Kīngitanga survive changes through time? 

As technology moves at lightning speed, young Tainui are learning the future tools of communication. Youth group Te Kāhui Rangatahi held a media workshop to encourage youth to share stories about Māori.  

Ngamako Rota (Ngāti Mahuta) says there are limited places to learn history about her tribe.  That, "It's on the marae, during the speeches and the welcome that you hear about the Kīngitanga and history." 

The Kīngitanga is a movement created by the people, but with the growth of technology, it poses the question, is it still relevant to young people today? 

Patara Berryman of Te Kaahui Rangatahi says, "Unity is the main purpose of the Kīngitanga.  We are trying to ensure that youth have a pathway to utilise technology to enhance their world."

With so many avenues available to obtain information, such as through the internet and television, is it time for the tradition of the Kīngitanga to change?

Berryman also says, "Through the internet, technology and television we can ensure our stories survive time.  Although things have changed, it's still alive."

The news has been identified as one of the many pathways for this group to share their stories.  In time, they hope to have their own stories told by their own people.

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