Log in

Wero

At the end of each Wall Walk, I challenge people to think of ONE thing they will do between now and 2040 to help grow positive bi-cultural relations in New Zealand. This might be reading books in te reo Māori to your grandchildren or getting to know your family history.

My one thing is for The Wall Walk to reach 1 million people…

We have made significant progress towards our ultimate goal. However, we will need support and investment to reach our final target.

Reach 1,000,000
Bring ancestors to life using AR/VR/holograms
(including mobile VR suite for tamariki Māori in low decile schools)
Reach 100,000 people
(including teachers of tamariki Māori)
Reach 100,000 people
(including teachers of tamariki Māori)
Reach 10,000 people
Accidental Success

If you are an investor or have access to technology that can help bring history to life – we’d love to talk

Contact Sim

What’s your ONE thing?

Collectively, those challenges keep alive the spirit that once led to the creation of the…

ASSOCIATION FOR THE AMELIORATION OF THE CONDITION OF THE MĀORI RACE

In it’s original form, the Association For The Amelioration Of The Condition Of The Māori Race (AACMR) was a group of Māori adolescents dedicated to improving peoples’ lives. The words may be out-dated but the passion and courage underpinning them are not. In 1891 Te Aute College headmaster, John Thornton, supported the original group of 20 senior students to develop a constitution and expand their membership to include chiefs, MPs, the clergy and Pākehā sympathisers. Their aims were to:

  • Improve sanitation in Māori communities

  • Suppress the sale and supply of alcohol among Māori

  • Abolish ‘injurious’ customs and ‘useless meetings’

Music to my ears! But their messages weren’t always well-received, especially by conservative leaders, and they struggled to overcome inertia. Possibly their biggest regret was launching at a time when Māori were trying to establish their own Parliament. The students did not persevere and the AACMR lay dormant until a conference on the future welfare of the Māori race was called at Te Aute College in January 1897. At the conference, a new constitution was drafted for the Te Aute College Students’ Association. TACSA’s aims were to:

  • Discourage and abolish “objectionable and pernicious customs” in connection with Māori meetings of all kinds

  • Suppress the sale and supply of alcohol among Māori

  • Extend systematic agricultural and pastoral pursuits

  • Improve buildings, sanitation and drainage, and the “right use of European clothing”

  • Foster education and promote higher education

  • Promote industrial and professional employment of Māori youth

  • Foster the practice of religion

  • Advance the organisation of the Māori Ministry

What would the aims of a 2020s incarnation of the AACMR look like?