Hauiti Hakopa, Maori Geographer WED24FEB 6-8 UC Berkeley


6-8p WED24FEB 103 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsored by Indigenous Mapping Network at Berkeley Student Chapter


Title: "Na to rourou, na taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi"

Means: "your basket of knowledge & my basket of knowledge - combined our tribe will thrive & survive!"

(when asked about the title: "we have baskets made out of flax, we call them 'kete' and kete often refers to "sacred baskets of knowledge" given to our ancestors from the gods when the world created)

Subject words:  Geographic information systems • Maori • land tenure • land titles • information storage and retrieval systems

Hauiti will share his experiences about how "we think of land, how we feel about land and how we relate/connect to land - then i must express those thoughts in the language of my forefathers - for therein lies the mana of the whenua (prestige of the land)"

"Many have said this, but one elder with i spoke with about a week ago expressed his concerns this way - "if you cannot speak your own language then you cannot understand fully the land, for the land is clothed in the language of your forefathers"

"He also said: Mena ka tu koe ki te korero, me whakatutu koe i te puehu. Mena kaore, me noho!"

"If you stand to speak, then you must stir the dust. If you don't, then sit"

The poster above features a rock carving to the right of Hauiti, of Hauiti's ancestor, Ngatoroirangi,  who claimed the region of Taupo for his people.

Hauiti arrived Monday to Sunnyvale from New Zealand for the Indigenous Mapping Network/Google Tribal Geo Tech Workshop which starts Thursday. He will share what brings him to this training as well as what he has been doing as a graduate student in geography in his community.

FYI, Hauiti Hakopa was our keynote speaker for IMN2009. It was the first time he'd visited the U.S. He and his elders became aware of Indigenous Mapping Network and the IMN2009 conference through twitter.

Should you be in the bay area and meander to Berkeley on Wednesday evening, swing by!

Hauiti Hakopa, Maori Geographer twitter.com/24retoa