Growing and developing our younger iwi members is a tribal priority. Manawa Hou is a four-day ‘your space in our place’ hīkoi with an emphasis on building a cohort of young people committed to their own and tribal development, whānaukataka and Kāi Tahutaka. Place-based learning will be the main characteristic of Manawa Hou, with learning to be situated outdoors in the natural environment, on our marae and in other places of cultural significance with local rūnaka featuring heavily in the programme delivery.  Manawa Hou is an exciting opportunity that encourages rangatahi to get to know their rūnaka and connect with other young leaders from across the motu. It is about connecting with our reo, our tikanga and the whenua, giving our Ngāi Tahu culture New Heart.


Each of the activities is designed to broaden rakatahi knowledge and interest in Kāi Tahu history as well as becoming active in their local rūnaka. During the four day experience rakatahi will be involved in a range of activities including:
Exploring Kāi Tahutaka, te reo and tikaka through place-based activities
Increasing rakatahi involvement, awareness and connectivity with the local takiwā
Meeting other Kāi Tahu rakatahi
Engaging with tribal leadership at a whānau, hapū and Iwi level.

Manawa Hou 2013

This year’s hīkoi will leave Christchurch on 27 April and be based in Kaikōura from 27 April to 1 May incorporating a hīkoi up to the Tory Channel where Tā Tipene will lead a kōrero about the tribe’s earlier connections around Kaihinu. The cost of travel to and from Christchurch is at the cost of the individual participant.


The hīkoi is targeted at rangatahi in years 11, 12, 13 (senior secondary students) who are registered with Kāi Tahu, demonstrate leadership potential for their community and are committed to the kaupapa of Manawa Hou.

Please be aware that some activities will include physical challenges, so a basic level of fitness and swimming skills will be required. Rakatahi should be capable of swimming at least 50 meters.

How to apply

Ngāi Tahu whānau and Papatipu Rūnanga with rangatahi in this age group can register their interest with Merekara Henare by email on [email protected] or call 0800 524 8248. We’ll be back to you with important things like how to get there, consent forms, a gear list and a brief for caregivers/parents.

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