Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project
To celebrate Māori Language Week, the Ashburton Art Gallery warmly invites you to join us for a special talk by Takerei Norton, Manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive Team, on Kā Huru Manu – the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project Kā Huru Manu is a Ngāi Tahu digital atlas (www.kahurumanu.co.nz) dedicated to recording and mapping traditional Māori place names and associated histories in the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area). The online atlas has been compiled by Ngāi Tahu over the past 10 years and shows 1200 traditional Māori place names, the traditional travel routes, and the original Māori reserves. Kā Huru Manu is making this traditional knowledge readily accessible to Ngāi Tahu whānui and the wider public for the first time. Come and hear Takerei and others from the Ngāi Tahu cultural mapping team talk about the place names, traditional travel routes, and historical maps of the Hakatere (Ashburton) area.
Takerei Norton (Ngāi Tahu) is the manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive Team. Takerei worked as an Environmental Advisor for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for nearly ten years protecting sites of cultural significance. Since 2007 he has headed Kā Huru Manu recording traditional Ngāi Tahu knowledge on the tribal Geographical Information System (GIS). Takerei was also co-editor of Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu published in 2017 that was longlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.