TKKMoŌtepoti Ahi Pepe MothNet Project at WIPCE

$6,500 donated
Given by 88 generous donors in around 3 months

Help our students get to the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Toronto, Canada to present their science project on moths.


In 2016 Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti submitted an abstract proposal to present a one hour workshop, ‘Science Through an Indigenous Lens – A Moth Study’ at the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto, Canada. Wēhīnā! I momoho ikeike tā mātou tono i te manomano. Wahoo! It was accepted:)

Our workshop will reinforce the value of a Māori world view to science through the presentation of our study of moths in our kura environment. The workshop will highlight the importance of collaboration that fosters strong relationships with scientists and their supporting organisations. WIPCE is an opportunity for our student delegation to develop leadership and to share their Ahi Pepe MothNet project experience to a global indigenous education audience.

Our students have learned that there are around 2 000 different species of moths in Aotearoa; that’s 10 times as many moth species as bird species. Moths in Aotearoa have one of the highest rates of endemisim of any group any where; around 90% of our moths occur nowhere else in the world, which means kaitiakitanga is imperative – much like indigenous languages. Globally moths play a pivotal role within the ecosystem and our students are super keen to see what Canadian moths look like.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti's involvement (page creator)

We are members of the Kura whānau who believe our students have an incredible opportunity to share their voice as citizen scientists in the Ahi Pepe MothNet project to a global indigenous whānau called 'WIPCE.'

"Ka hou ki te whenua he tūkoukou; ka puta ki te raki he pepe."

About us

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti is a primary school of 40 students based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Our philosophy and curriculum is derived from Te Aho Matua where teaching and learning is for everyone.

We are all about growing happy, healthy, impressive speakers of te reo Māori who enjoy and celebrate learning:)

Use of funds

Funds will be used for registration, return flights and taxes to Toronto, return airport shuttles, Visas, 10 days accommodation in Toronto and local travel related expenses for 5 students and 4 teachers to attend the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto, Canada from 21-30 July.

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Aihuka Art Auction Fundraiser  15 June 2017

Our latest fundraiser is very exciting. The Aihuka Art Auction will launch the Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival on Friday 16th June. A huge thanks to the many hands involved in the planning and organising of the event. The artists, the sponsors, the funding organisations, Landcare Research and Otago Museum for their incredible vision and resourcing. He aroha mutunga kore:) Visit the auction and place a bid. Stunning art pieces.

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This campaign started on 17 Mar 2017 and ended on 30 Jun 2017.