Map my waahi - my place, my story

We live in Aotearoa New Zealand. As well as our national bond, we are also connected to local places like our home, our school, our workplace, our marae, and these connections contribute to our identity.

Maps have always been a means of recording information, as well as a means of expression and communication. In the 21st Century we can use layers on modern digital maps to hide and show complexity and enhance maps as places to record and communicate a wide variety of inter-connected information. On this field trip you will see first-hand how iwi from two small rural communities are using modern mapping tools to help tell their stories of connections with the natural and cultural landscape. We hope this field trip will inspire you to start your own mapping project!

Ngā Tātarakihi o Parihaka, by Lucy Bailey

This story, set at Parihaka just prior to the government raid in 1881, is told from the perspective of a young girl who was living there. The author’s great-grandmother was living at Parihaka at that time, and the story is partially based on oral history.