Mātauranga-ā-whānau – He Kōnae Aronui

Taina Whakaatere Pohatu


Many initiatives stem from simple and humble beginnings. ‘He kōnae aronui’ is therefore drawn from Reweti Kohere’2 book of the same name, published in 1951. In explaining the title of his book, Kohere said, ‘mine is only a kōnae, a rourou, a little bit of wisdom, so that it humbly announces itself as he kōnae aronui’ (Kohere, 1951, p. 10). The same slant guides this article; that of a small piece of writing on mātauranga-ā-whānau. How mātauranga-ā-whānau influences behaviour and the way we engage in kaupapa and relationships is explored. Whānau images, voices, stories and thoughts will be brought forward then talked back to. Processes and patterns will be identified, offering a view of what mātauranga-ā-whānau is and how it has and may guide practice through time. When asking the question, ‘where is the first place that we would go to, to draw experience of mātauranga from?’, this small piece proposes that whānau is an obvious ‘first place’ to turn to. It proposes that for Māori, whānau is an acknowledged rich source of applied knowing and experience to draw from, where there is a willingness to invite it as a highly valued companion (hoa-haere) in kaupapa, no matter what it is, where we are and who we are with. A conscientising internalised lens is what it offers Māori in all of our journeys, collectively or individually.


mātauranga-ā-whānau; whānau; practice;

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