About Te Kahui Manu Hokai
Māori GIS is a growth sector within the Aotearoa/Indigenous GIS field. Te Kahui Manu Hokai has been established to promote the use of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and associated information technologies for the benefit and advancement of iwi Māori in Aotearoa/NZ.
Te Kahui Manu Hokai (TKMH) is a non-profit organisation comprised of Maori GIS users based in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
The name of our organisation reflects how GIS can act as a bird that soars through the skies accumulating spatial references and knowledge. ‘Manu hokai’ was selected at our inaugural AGM at Wairoa Marae, Tauranga on 7 December 2010, and reminds us of how our kaumatua view and illustrate spatial concepts in accordance with oral traditions.
As an indigenous organisation, TKMH is guided by kaupapa Māori principles and values including: Rangatiratanga (self-determination), Whanaungatanga (kinship & relationship building), Manaakitanga (Hospitality), Kotahitanga (unity), Aroha (empathy) and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship).
A key TKMH objective is to advocate for and improve Maori participation in the Geospatial Industry at all levels. As part of this objective, TKMH provides a centralised forum for the sharing of technical expertise, support and generally increasing awareness of GIS technologies and functions via their national conferences.
The four national Māori GIS conferences [Christchurch 2009, Wellington 2010, Rotorua 2012 and Auckland 2013] have provided a critical forum to support Māori GIS practitioners to come together and share, debate and exchange knowledge and ideas.
The conferences have all been well attended with around 100 delegates representing iwi/roopu from Muriwhenua to Murihiku. Presentations have ranged from heritage mapping to environment mapping and monitoring, education analysis to government projects, and more. The conferences are software neutral ones with the predominant focus being on how Māori use GIS as a tool for development and communication.