The purpose of Manawa Hou is to grow and develop our younger iwi members. This hīkoi will leave Dunedin on Monday 20 January and will be based at Ōtākou Marae until Thursday 23 January. The hīkoi will be based around place-based learning and will incorporate waka ama, kapa haka and Ngāi Tahu history around the Ōtākou peninsula. The learning is to be situated outdoors in the natural environment, on our marae and in other places of cultural significance.

Each of the activities are designed to broaden rangatahi knowledge and interest in Ngāi Tahu history. During the three-day experience rangatahi will be involved in a range of activities including:

  • Exploring Ngāi Tahutanga, te reo and tikanga through place-based activities
  • Increasing rangatahi involvement, awareness and connectivity with the local takiwā
  • Meeting other Kāi Tahu rangatahi
  • Engaging with tribal leadership at a whānau, hapū and iwi level.

The hīkoi is for 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. Rangatahi should be confident in the water and be able to swim at least 50 meters.

How to apply
Ngāi Tahu whānau and papatipu rūnanga with rangatahi in this age group can register their interest with Kristy Bedi on 0800 524 8248 or by email on [email protected]. We’ll get back to you with important things – like how to get there, consent forms, a gear list and a brief for caregivers/parents.

Check out the Manawa Hou Facebook album for photos and more information.

Manawa Hou rōpū pull the waka ashore.

Manawa Hou rōpū pull the waka ashore.