Every school holidays, Tōnui Collab partners with different marae in te Tairāwhiti to create unqiue marae-based STEMM* wānanga for rangatahi with connections to the marae.
* STEMM - science, technology, engineering, maths, mātauranga Māori
Over three days, hau kainga share pūrakau and waiata significant to the marae with rangatahi and with the support of the Tōnui Collab team, the rangatahi collaboratively design and develop a Virtual Reality experience that celebrates the marae, their tīpuna, or a significant pūrākau.
Rangatahi are invited to experiment with various VR technology, to wānanga about the opportunities and threats technology presents us with, and to learn about education and career pathways in tech.
Māori are under-represented in tech, it is time for the tech workforce to become more diverse and inclusive. During the marae-based STEMM Wānanga, whānau are invited to come and celebrate the efforts of the rangatahi and discuss education and career pathways.
In 2022, Tōnui Collab partnered with three marae in te Tairāwhiti. We thank Rangiwaho Marae, Pākōwhai Marae and Whangara Marae for collaborating with us to create unique STEMM learning opportunities for our rangatahi.
The marae-based wānanga in 2022 were supported by the J R McKenzie Trust and Internet NZ. Tōnui Collab are currently looking for funding support to continue these marae-based STEMM wānanga in 2023.