This e-learning module is the second of a four-part micro-learning series from the Taumatua project – a roadmap for newsrooms wanting to build cultural intelligence.
Mātauranga Māori is the traditional knowledge, beliefs, practices and values of Māori. It encompasses a wide range of knowledge and skills, including language, arts, crafts, mythology, spirituality, history and ecology. Mātauranga Māori is deeply rooted in the Māori world view, which emphasises the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of relationships between people, the natural world and the spiritual realm.
Understanding Mātauranga Māori can be beneficial for newsrooms in several ways. Firstly, it can help journalists to report on Māori issues and events in a culturally sensitive and accurate way.
Secondly, understanding Mātauranga Māori can help newsrooms to appreciate the unique knowledge and perspectives that Māori bring to issues such as environmental management, health, education and social justice.
Finally, understanding Mātauranga Māori can help newsrooms to foster more respectful and productive relationships with Māori communities. By recognising the importance of Māori language, culture and identity, journalists can build trust with Māori sources and audiences and avoid perpetuating stereotypes or cultural misunderstandings.