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Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau


Ko te taonga o taku ngäkau ko taku mokopuna e
He mokopuna korikori, hei aha hei aha ra
Ko te mea nui ko te aroha
Kaua e patu i taku mokopuna
Me awhi awhi mai taku mokopuna korikori e

Na Manawakore Leach

Koianei te ito o tënei pakipumeka o ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau’. He tirohanga tënei ki roto i te ao e noho nei tätau, me ngä tini pëhitanga kua ühia ki runga i o tätau whänau na te urunga mai o ngä whakapono, whakahaere, whakaaro ränei o iwi kee ä nawai ra kua rereke te noho a ngä whänau, ngä hapü, me ngä iwi i naianei. Heoi ka noho ko ngä whakaringaringa, me ngä whakawaewae hai whakahere.

‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau’ is a one hour documentary that explores tamariki Mäori as taonga within our whänau, hapü and iwi. Presented by Tere Harrison, ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau is a Mäori view of Mäori childrearing. Interviewing Mäori experts in the field Tere gathers knowledge about the role and position of tamariki Mäori within Mäori society. Each person interviewed affirmed tikanga related to childrearing was grounded in the notion that our tüpuna believed and lived with the concept of ‘he taonga te tamaiti’.

‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau’ is a documentary that challenges the idea that it is Mäori to smack or beat our children and as such it is a documentary that will be controversial in that it asserts that the position of tamariki Mäori, as Rose Pere states, is seen within the kupu itself ‘tama’ ‘ariki’.1

‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau’ is the first documentary to take a Kaupapa Mäori approach to understanding the tikanga related to Mäori childrearing. ‘Te Taonga o Taku Ngäkau’ screens on Wednesday April 30th at 8.30pm on Mäori Television.


1 Pere, R. 1991 Te Wheke: A Celebration of Infinite Wisdom, Gisborne, Ao Ako Learning, New Zealand

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