Ko Taranaki te Maunga
Ko Taranaki te Awa
Ko Ngati Mutunga te Iwi
Ko Tokomaru te waka
No Whare Kauri ahau
Tena koutou katoa
Kei te mihi nui tēnei ki a koutou katoa
The seeds for this project were planted in May 1999, the demand for information about local Māori history was growing rapidly and there just didn’t seem to be a resource available that would provide all the information in a format that was not only educational but also captured the imagination of those seeking it.
I decided to pursue the idea of developing a website as it offered the opportunity to utilise modern technology to produce a dynamic resource which would be a living reminder of the past. I began gathering resources and speaking to people who I thought would be interested in assisting me with this project, suddenly it was growing and so I became the supervisor for this wonderfully informative and educational resource.
I would especially like to acknowledge the following people for their passion, energy and commitment
- Helen Brown, my kai awhina (assistant) whose research skills and story telling abilities are quite evident throughout this site, tēnā rawa atu koe Helen.
- Kirk Hargreaves, who along with Helen used his photography skills to capture all the beautiful images throughout this site.
- Simone Hindin, who had the technology skills and patience to put all our gathered research into a presentable electronic package, by creating and developing the maps and working closely with Helen to add the images and text.
- The IT team at Christchurch City Libraries, especially Fraser Graham and Paul Sutherland who saw the possibilities and refined the project into the suite of web pages you now see.
- Terry Ryan, Manager of Ngāi Tahu Whakapapa unit for his knowledge, tautoko and belief that we could produce a resource that would not only acknowledge Ngāi Tahu as the Mana Whenua of our region but would also embrace Māori tikanga/values.
I now invite comment and additional information to ensure that this site continues to be informative and educational, as well as being a way of involving community participation in uncovering the significant Māori history of our region.
Māori resources and Services Librarian