SMART endeavours to run two major annual events. The first of these will be Matariki/Puanga, taking place in June. The second will be Mataora, the celestial navigation event, which was previously supported by TPK, Unesco and Victoria University, taking place in November.
Mataora events in the past have included running wananga with the communities in which special guest speakers such as Tohunga Hector Busby, Jack Thatcher and Hoturoa Kerr aswell as Dr Pauline Harris, Toa Waaka and other people from the community have been involved.
Matariki events also involved wananga and also included musical concerts, talks and publc displays aswell.
One of our key passions is education. We want our rangatahi to have every opportunity to realise their potential. In particular we are wanting our rangatahi to engage with science and get them curious and excited about it.
We also want them to know about Māori knowledge and to get them curious and excited about this aswell.
Together we have created a unique programme tha brings both knowledge systems. Giving science a kaupapa Maori context to help our rangatahi relate and to give them a more relevant pathway of engagement.
The aim of the research programme is to ensure the preservation of Māori astronomical knowledge, tātai arorangi. SMART’s Research Programme involves the collation preservation and revitalisation of Māori astronomical knowledge.
Our research involves collaboration with major Wananga and Universities across Aotearoa such as Victoria, Waikato and Auckland University aswell as Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi.
Key research area's are iwi specific astronomical knowlege, Māori Calendrical systems, and archeoastronomy.
SMART has a vision to empower our youth and communities by realising Maori potential and success. SMART aims through research, education and outreach to engage with youth and communities, to spark memories and passion through accessible knowledge transfer. Through Culture, Art, Audio visual, Cyber space and other technologies SMART aims to inspire our next generation to become engineers, scientists and astronauts, by bringing knowledge in a context they can relate to and to bring role models and those that can inspire to them to show them a world of potential within their reach.
We appreciate the support of our community and friends whom support us. We would like to acknowledge the support of organisations such as Porirua City Council, United Nations Education, Scientific, Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ngāti Toa, Carter Observatory(Wellington), Stardome(Auckland) and many more.
If you would like to make a contribution to our organisation please contact us.