Saturday, 17 August 2013

A modern slant on a traditional introduction: - My mountain, my river, my mihi.

MIHI:  In my work, I formally introduce myself to the staff at the schools by way of a short mihi or traditional greeting about who I am and where I am from.  For me it is quite easy as I have lived in the same area for a long time and feel an affinity for the mountain(s) of the area and the river(s).
This link to a Maori language website explains how a mihi could be said.  I usually say "Ko Leigh Hynes taku ingoa, ko Ruapehu te maunga, ko Mangawhero te awa" although I also feel that certain affinity for a number of other rivers like Whakapapanui, Waikato and Whanganui Rivers and I delve no further into who my tribe or ancestors are/were.  
MODERN NEW ZEALANDERS: For many urban and transient New Zealanders, it must be difficult to identify with a certain mountain or river or sea.  I thought I would experiment with Google Maps to see if I could make it easier for students to identify where they feel they belong. This is not the traditional approach but it may be helpful for some to have a modern approach in the technological environment and so I have decided to share how I did it for myself. 
GOOGLE MAPS:  I have made my own map using Google's "My Places", following these instructions. Here is my map:- 
View My mountain, my river in a larger map

 I think every learner could make their own map and use it at different times, say to embed in their blogs, or on their website if they do make them.  Luckily Google saves these maps for you in the cloud and you can build on them as you wish.
And here are the instructions on how to make your own map:-


  1. Hi Leigh,
    What an awesome idea. I love this new twist on mihi sharing. Google maps are very clever and this is a very visually appealing way of sharing your life/journey!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Anne K

  2. Awesome and explained so clearly. This will be a great idea for a class blog at our kura to link to our local rohe, maunga, awa, moana and thie tauira will be able to create markers on the map and upload small video clips. Can't wait to get started.

  3. Well done, Leigh. This seems so user friendly for all and you have used something I would not have even fathomed.