Waitangi Rua Rautau 2012 Lectures

At Te Herenga Waka Marae, Kelburn Parade, Wellington on Sunday, 29 January 2012 starting at 1.30pm.
This year’s instalment of the Waitangi Rua Rautau series of lectures takes a new direction. Two lecturers, not one, and each delivering insights from unexpected angles: Professor Sir Paul Callaghan offers a scientific perspective; and in the year of the 50th anniversary of Samoan independence, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban explores the connection between the two Pacific nations.

Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

"He maunga teitei: achieving our aspirations"
Referring to the whakatauki "Whaia te iti kahuranga ki te tuahu koe me he maunga teitei" - "Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain"
This will address the hopes we hold for our descendants in this land, that they should see New Zealand as the best place in the world to live and work. The Treaty of Waitangi exemplifies a country built on a dual heritage and shared future. Therein lies a strength and an opportunity. Our challenge is to build a country that is not only beautiful but smart, prosperous, just, inclusive and ambitious. A key component of that will be a vibrant Maori economy that plays an essential part in energising the country. To build prosperity and nurture our land requires that we apply scientific knowledge, but the engine that will drive us will be a strong sense of who we are, where we have come from, and what we value.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban QSO

"E so'o le fau i le fau" - Strength in unity.
This Samoan proverb speaks of the weaving of unique strands of fibre together to create a fine mat of great strength and beauty.
This lecture will take a Pacific Island perspective on Te Tiriti O Waitangi and discuss the historical and contemporary relationships between Pacific peoples, Tangata Whenua, and other New Zealanders. The lecture will discuss our families and communities in the multicultural reality that is Aotearoa-New Zealand today. It will reflect on the Pacific diaspora and the future of our languages, identities, and places of belonging. Winnie will share her vision of our nation and suggest some steps that we can take together to achieve that vision.

Radio New Zealand National will broadcast the lectures at 9.06pm on Monday 6 February 2012 with a repeat broadcast at 4.06pm on Sunday, 12 February 2012.
If you wish to attend the lectures contact info@mokoia.co.nz
Copies of the lectures will be available on this site on Monday, 30 January 2012