Tātari Tauutuutu: a GIS map reconstruction of te iho matua whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku within the Horowhenua and Manawatū, circa 1769–1840.

Abstract
This report outlines what might be described as a ‘Māori cultural accounting method’ (i.e. Tātari Tauutuutu) that can be used to assess aspects of the wellbeing and survival prospects of Te Iho Matua whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku (transl. the family of Ranginui and Papatūānuku). This accounting method is based on map-making activities made possible by the use of GIS software. The use of this ‘non-financial’ accounting method makes it possible to both visually depict Atua domains and create estimates of their spatial extent over very large areas (in this case two regions of New Zealand). This method can also be used to map either ‘present-day’ or ‘former’ Atua domains (in this case, circa 1769–1840). Visual (map) reconstruction of the former composition and extent of Atua domains (circa 1769–1840) is a task that is more technically challenging than mapping present-day Atua domains using satellite, aerial photograph and/or drone imagery. In this report we describe the use of a method we developed to tackle this problem based on the verification and adjustment of existing map layers using various types of what is generally described as ‘superior’ historical and research data.

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Reference and download link

Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna and Cole E. E. (2013) Tātari Tauutuutu: a GIS mapreconstruction of te iho matua whānau o Rangi rāua ko Papatūānuku within the Horowhenua and Manawatū, circa 1769–1840. Kōrero Māori report 4, (pp. 51). Tauranga, New Zealand: iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]

 

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