Research question: How can whānau, hapū, and iwi create Kaupapa Māori preservation and protection methodologies and practices through archiving their own taonga on marae?

The project proposes the organisation of taonga belonging to whānau and hapū of two marae communities in the greater Whanganui area—Kauangaroa Marae and Rānana Marae—into an archive management system. This system can be accessed by kuia, koroheke, mātua, rangatakapū, rangatahi, tamariki, mokopuna, and uri whakaheke of these two marae communities. The archive and taonga will be housed at a location determined by the respective marae and hapū communities and may include both physical and digital archives, again, as directed by the marae and hapū communities, and their respective needs and aspirations.