He reo, he tikanga e whare nei i a tāua

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Ngatai, Deane-­Rose
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Master of Design
Unitec Institute of Technology
Masters Thesis
Ngā Tūmanako o Kahurangi
Auckland Girls' Grammar School
Māori bilingual education
digital storytelling
digital media art
Ngatai, D.-R. He reo, he tikanga e whare nei i a tāua. Exegesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Design by Project, Unitec Institute of Technology.
TE POU KŌRERO – ABSTRACT This exegesis documents the journey of He reo, he tikanga e whare nei i a tāua, a moving image and sound project, expressing the significance of bicultural experiences in bilingual units within urban Māori education. [This project was held at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Auckland from March 19th 2015 to April 2nd 2015]. Exploring concepts of urban whānau and urban whakapapa, the project surveys the journey of experiences through kaupapa Māori bilingual education. Centred in the author’s worldview, the work is both connected to her personal whakapapa and to the whānau (community) of Ngā Tūmanako o Kahurangi, Auckland Girls' Grammar School. The body of work developed through this project explores the significance of kaupapa Māori bilingual education for urban Māori. This document considers the artist’s personal experiences in urban Māori education within the wider contexts of biculturalism, urbanisation and kaupapa Māori education in Aotearoa. The project explores the relationship of a digital media art practice to traditional Māori storytelling and considers the multiple roles of the artist as researcher, documenter and storyteller. At the outset of He reo, he tikanga e whare nei i a tāua, guiding principles were established within the title of the project that informed the methodology. The concepts of reo, tikanga and whare are fundamental components of the practice Combining still, moving image and sound, He reo, he tikanga e whare nei i a tāua comprises of a series of seven video works. Exploring contemporary digital storytelling, the works are composed independently and woven together through 3-­‐channel video projection, forming the body of the wider kaupapa. This document is sectioned into two major chapters called te tarawhānui and te tarāwhaiti in reference to the right and left side of the wharenui (meeting house).1 Ngā pou kōrero (the pillars of discussion) describe the body of knowledge within the exegesis. Connected to these concepts, the exegesis is interpreted as a whare that documents He reo, he tikanga e whare nei i a tāua.
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