August 18th, 2011
Another great educational use of the internet came to my attention this week.
With Rugby World Cup 2011 just around the corner, I’m also cognizant that one of the other major attractions to the many extra visitors to our fair land, will be our culture.
Celebrating the 5 years of work to establish the venture, attract support and research around the North, Te Potiki National Trust has officially launched the new interactive Māori Maps website.
With so many of the RWC matches, & therefore volume of tourists, in the Big Smoke, guess it’s only fitting that the first stage of the new website only features Auckland and north of.
Community Net Aoteroa tells us;
This is the first stage of a long-term project to revitalise links between marae, descendants and visitors. Website visitors can easily navigate the site via an interactive map or quick searches, easily locate a marae, get directions, see photos from the gateway and access other key information.
Paul Tapsell (now professor of Māori Studies at the University of Otago ) and Rereata Makiha founded Te Potiki National Trust in 2006 with the aim of reconnecting young urban Māori – the ‘potiki’ generation – to their home communities and elders.
Marae are the beneficiaries of work by the Māori Maps team.
“Our marae are places where issues have been resolved for generations. They are central to our identity, which is grounded in ancestral landscapes”
The website itself, here…..states it aim to be the portal to the marae of Aotearoa, and informs that;
The site will offer not only map location and directions to the gateway of every tribal marae in Aotearoa, but also a digital gateway by which visitors can access sites or service run by marae.
For me I was really surprised at just how many marae there were, and quite impressed with the depth of information that browsers can find. Further good news is on the horizon with the plan for iPhone and iPad versions too.
I see important parallels with employment and anything inbound tourist related that actions that. Sites like this can only encourage that. And where there is extra employment, many times real estate is a beneficiary.
IMPORTANT CULTURAL NOTE:
Māori Maps recommends that anyone who wishes to go beyond kūwaha — to walk onto marae, be formally hosted or obtain deeper marae knowledge — and should engage directly with the marae community and its elders.
Thanks to the good folks over at googlemapsmaina blogspot for the headsup.