Manawa Hou is a four day ‘your space in our place’ hīkoi held for the first time this year. This hīkoi has been modelled on the infamous ‘bus trips’ that were run by Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation in the early 1990s. This involves taking a group of rakatahi on a ‘hīkoi’ around various rohe and marae in the Kāi Tahu takiwā, with an emphasis on whanaukataka and Kāi Tahutaka. Papatipu Rūnanga can nominate two students who are at secondary school in Yrs 11, 12 or 13 to participate in Manawa Hou.

Manawa Hou has a strong emphasis on Ngāi Tahutanga and rangatahi engagement with our communities. The Manawa Hou hīkoi will focus specifically on: Mahi (service), Te reo me ōna tikaka (language and culture), Mahika kai (resource and land use), Korikori tīnana (fitness and health), Rika wera rika kaha (kitchen work), Tuakana/teina (tautoko through older mentors).

The hīkoi will be led by a group of ‘tuakana’ facilitators (a group of young, engaged Ngāi Tahu role model rakatahi, typically engaged with their own communities, Aoraki Bound alumni, currently completing or engaged in tertiary study). These tuakana will be supported by manawhenua, kaumātua and Te Rūnanga staff.

The pilot Manawa Hou hīkoi is planned for 29 September – 2 October in Murihiku and taking in the places and spaces of Awarua, Waihōpai, Hokonui and Ōraka Aparima.

In 2013 it is planned to hold four Manawa Hou trips in each of the main takiwā of the Iwi. Mahaanui, Murihiku, Tai Poutini, Ōtākou.

Watch this space for stories and photos in the next edition of Te Pānui Rūnaka.