Being able to tell the stories of Pūari Pā, Ōtautahi, Ōtākaro, Waipapa and Waiwhetū as well as formal recognition of the history of the land, traditions and knowledge of its indigenous people helps us create a stronger foundation for Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre.

A cultural narrative has been developed by Puamiria Parata-Goodall, who will share how this narrative enables Te Matatiki to start to embrace and create its own unique expressions of a shared history.

This narrative weaves together the cultural values, traditions and history of Ngāi Tūāhuriri in whose takiwā Te Matatiki stands. It recognises the rights and guarantees provided under the Treaty of Waitangi and respects the mana of the local hapū, iwi and all peoples now resident in this land.

Tūrangawaewae is often translated as 'a place to stand'. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

Puamiria is an advocate for the arts, culture and heritage sector. She is a former Arts Centre Trust Board member, a Trust Board Member of Canterbury Museum and Lincoln University Council, committee member of Te Pae Korako - the Ngāi Tahu Archives and Whakapapa Committee and Ngāi Tahu Fund. She is the Kaiurungi (Chair) of the Māori Advisory Komiti at Te Matatiki Toi Ora.