Our Special Interest Group focuses on learning and gaining a better understanding of the Māori world. Generally speaking, much of this comes under the heading of tikanga. In the Māori world to act in accordance with tikanga is to behave in a way that is culturally proper and appropriate.
Some of the topics covered in presentations include Māori use of plants for medical health, Māori carvings including rock carvings and pounamu, and ancient handmade musical instruments.
Other presentations have looked at the history of New Zealand Aotearoa from when the first colonial settlers arrived, the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi and the Kingitanga movement. We also look at the lives of outstanding Māori who have made a significant contribution to our country such as Sir Tipene O’Regan.