A special thank you to Matt Matahaere and Amie Curtis, Mana Whenua from Te Rūnanga ō Ōtakou, for partnering with us. We are very fortunate to have Matt and Amie supporting the kaupapa of our conference over the two days.
Where: Chingford Park MAP
When: Tuesday 29 Sept 8:30am-4:30pm
Food and refreshments will be provided.
NOTE: Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for physical and outdoor activities.
Whakawhanaungatanga: Nurturing connection between people, place, and play
Chanel is Co-Director of Te Koronga and Lecturer of Māori Physical Education and Health at the University of Otago. She will set the scene for our Dunedin hub in fostering whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships) between our members and the local environment. Using the metaphor of the pā harakeke, Chanel will introduce various taonga takaaro (traditional Māori games) pertaining to the harakeke plant and meaningful ways to incorporate mātauranga (Māori knowledge) into our outdoor teaching.
Understanding how waterways are connected and the concept ki uta ki tai (from the mountains to the sea) is critical in looking after our coastal waters. In this session, Sally and her team will focus on games to illustrate these connections and highlight how our activities on land are impacting our ocean. Suitable for any age group, these games can complement classroom or school camp studies and provide a spark for environmental action projects.
Open VUE is a community-led project aimed at enhancing the habitat corridor linking the Orokanui Ecosanctury with wider Dunedin. Clare will take us on a tour of Chingford Park, highlighting ongoing projects that are particularly beneficial for the local ecology, community members, families, and the council.
Taylor is a science communicator and botanist and will show us how knowledge of ethnobotany can be a useful tool for creating accessible learning experiences for students. The workshop will also showcase how to start students along the path to identifying species and groups of plants using books, apps, and trait knowledge.
Tahu is a science communicator and LEOTC Educator and will invite us to celebrate the paradise that we are part of through interactive drama activities and a waterways investigation, interweaving our stories with the web of life and building emotional resilience through nature connection for lifelong learning.
Jonathan is a published researcher and experienced outdoor practitioner. Originally from Scotland, his research contributes to the fields of place-responsive pedagogy, environmental education, and technology-enhanced education. His session will focus on place-responsive pedagogy and the role of the educator and will tie the key themes of the conference together with a practical workshop and a short talk/discussion.