In 2007 Stephen Tauwhare, a research scientist at Industrial Research Limited (now incorporated into Callaghan Innovation), participated in a video conference with four secondary schools to talk about the Harakeke Project at Industrial Research Limited and how scientific knowledge can be combined with traditional Māori knowledge.

Watch clips of Stephen talking about:

  • How harakeke is used, and may be used in the future
  • The way scientists can work with Māori communities to develop new knowledge together

Participating schools:

  • Dunstan High School, Alexandra
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tamaki Nui ā-Rua, Dannevirke
  • Te Kura Kaupapa o Hoani Waititi Marae, Auckland
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Ruamata, Rotorua

This video conference was organised in conjunction with Futureintech facilitators, who work with schools and students to engage industry support.

The Royal Society of New Zealand's Harakeke Flax publication (which is part of the Alpha series) describes the history of harakeke and its continued influence on New Zealand society.

Video clips

 
    Published 27 November 2007, Updated 1 December 2016