(Final programme to be confirmed)
Date: Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 April 2021
Venue: The University of Waikato Tauranga Campus
101 Durham Street
Accommodation: Huria Marae,
1 Te Kaponga Street
The conference theme references and reflects the resilience of Te Kupenga o MAI network and its annual MAI Doctoral Conference in a COVID environment.
A kupenga (net) has three sound qualities:
- Durability - ensures strength to withstand wear, pressure, or damage
- Flexibility - assures ease to modify in response to an altered condition
- Mendability - ensures means to fix and restore to a good and workable state
Kupenga are used for catching fish, harvesting kūmara, gathering kaimoana (and more), so that the sand/dirt can be shaken out through the deliberate gaps of each connecting whenu (strand). Unlike other types of raranga, a whenu of the kupenga can be mended and replaced if it is worn out or damaged in order to be used again.
Therefore, the three kupenga qualities relate and apply to our current COVID environnent as Te Kupenga o MAI has had to plan and replan around the yoyoing COVID levels. Also, the whenu of the kupenga represent the hononga of the many strands of the MAI network from Ōtākou ki Te Tai Tokerau. While the usages of the kupenga are likend to the many research flields our students work in, and are brought together by the whenu of the kupenga – Te Kupenga o MAI – our theme “Te Manawaroa o te Kupenga.”
Please complete the below registration regardless of whether you are student or staff, a speaker/presenter or kai tautoko.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO UNCERTAINTY AROUND COVID RESTRICTIONS WE ARE CAPPING THE CONFERENCE AT 100 ATTENDEES