Nanogirl to hold free shows

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Moko Foun­da­tion is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Nanogirl Labs to pro­vide ac­cess to two free Sci­ence Shows this Satur­day in Kaikohe and Wai­tangi pre­sented by Michelle Dick­in­son and Krys­tal Lee Brown.

Ma¯ta¯toa is an ex­cit­ing one hour live bilin­gual sci­ence show suitable for the whole wha¯nau. Pre­sented in the Nanogirl team’s trade­mark ex­plo­sive and fun style, Ma¯ta¯toa is a jour­ney that re­dis­cov­ers ma¯tau­ranga Ma¯ori passed down through pu¯ra¯kau, our myths and le­gends. Con­nect­ing the au­di­ence to the knowl­edge around them and show­ing how this knowl­edge — and the new dis­cov­er­ies that our tamariki make in the fu­ture — can help to shape our world.

The shows are at 10.30am at Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds or from 5pm at North­land Col­lege, Kaikohe.

Thanks to the gen­er­ous spon­sors these shows and kai are free to at­tend, and the Moko Foun­da­tion would like to help fam­i­lies at­tend by pro­vid­ing free trans­port.

It will pro­vide a bus from Kaitaia and back for each show. Space is lim­ited to 53 peo­ple on each bus and peo­ple are wel­come to take the whole wha¯nau. To con­firm a seat on the bus please email [email protected] or call 021 335 278.

If you would like to at­tend but will be or­gan­is­ing your own trans­port please also email [email protected] or call and so we can con­firm your spot at the show and en­sure there is enough cater­ing.

Nanogirl says: “Ma¯tau­ranga Ma¯ori draws to­gether our peo­ple, our land and our col­lec­tive knowl­edge.

“We can learn to in­no­vate and dis­cover in a sus­tain­able way, valu­ing our con­nec­tion and role as kaiti­aki, to the world around us and our peo­ple and our roots. We em­brace ma¯tau­ranga Ma¯ori in our work, and have co-cre­ated this with a team of amaz­ing peo­ple to guide the nar­ra­tive to re­spect re­gional tikanga and the ex­plo­ration of le­gends of Ta¯whir­i­matea, Ru¯aumoko, Tan­garoa, and more.

“We be­lieve that cre­at­ing pos­i­tive and fun ex­pe­ri­ences through sto­ry­telling can help to build young peo­ple’s con­fi­dence to be in­ven­tors and in­no­va­tors. We pur­pose­fully de­sign for di­ver­sity, and ap­proach devel­op­ment with recog­ni­tion of the bar­ri­ers to en­try that many face. Ma¯ta¯toa per­for­mances are pro­vided at no cost to the com­mu­nity thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of our spon­sors.”

Michelle Dick­in­son (aka Nanogirl) seen work­ing with Whanga¯ rei stu­dent teach­ers Holly We­ber (left) and Blake Pat­ti­son ear­lier this year, will give two free sci­ence shows in the Far North on Satur­day.

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