The 25th anniversary of Tū Toka Tū Ariki rā Whānau taiaha wānanga will be held at Te Awhitu Estate at Taumutu from 17-21 April. This kaupapa nurtures the traditional practices under the sacred korowai ‘aukati.’ The wānanga are smoke, alcohol, drug and violence-free and they are focused on learning and celebrating who we are, in the purest and most practical form – without compromise.

Whakamana te whānau/whānau ora are at the forefront, promoting the epitome of humility and how it enriches, enhances and empowers one’s wisdom. Inspiring te iwi Māori to prolong and sustain life is the whāriki of the kaupapa, to prepare Tū Toka, Tū Ariki and Waitaha whānui to host Te Matatini 2015.

A pōwhiri will be held at 5pm on Rāpare (Thursday), 17 April to welcome all participants and their whānau. All tama aged 5-7 years must be accompanied by their Pāpā/Matua Kēkē.

Kawemate/Rā Whakanui will be on April 19 with an 11am pōwhiri followed by hākari and ngahau, showing footage and photos of the past 25 years. Rā Tohu/Otinga (prizegiving), will be on the final day, April 21.

All whānau are invited to attend the final day presentations and hākari. Pōwhiri will be at 11am.

To go into the draw for a 25th anniversary t-shirt, all registrations, medical forms and fees ($20) must be received by 10 April. For further information and registration forms, please contact Te Mairiki Williams on 021 117 6223 or Hone Stevens 027 487 2118.
Ko au, ko koe, ko tātou.

The taiaha wānanga nurture traditional practices in a safe environment.

The taiaha wānanga nurture traditional practices in a safe environment.