Wānaka series 2016

It’s another year to pick up the exploration of whakapapa and history for Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki. 

This year, we’ve planned a series of four, two and half day wānaka with the first one being held in Bluff, 26-28 February.

The next wānanga is planned for 8-10 April, followed by another one in early May (6-8 May) and concluding with the final wānaka in late October (28 -30 Oct).

The wānaka series will build on the story of Kāi Tahu migration into this area and further south as well as look in more depth at the people and settlements/kāika around our local area and into Dunedin.

February’s wānaka saw us on an exploration of Kāi Tahu migration, interaction and occupation of the areas south of Puketeraki into Murihiku. Bluff/Murihiku will be the base for this wānaka.

In April, we will return to Te Waiateruatī and the Arowhenua area before heading back to sites of significance in the Waitaki catchment and back to Matakaea (Shag Point). 

In May, we will be based at Puketeraki Marae as we recap on our earlier expedition around the East Otago bight and into the western side of Otago Harbour. This is a crucial wānaka as we seek to settle to our own satisfaction the kōrero of Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka in this area and into Dunedin. 

Finally, for the 2016 wānaka series, at the end of October we will return to Kaiapoi to follow several concurrent threads. One thread will see us follow the pathway of Te Ruahikihiki focusing on key encounters he and his people were involved with and we will also seek to understand the movement of hapū out of Kaiapoi Pā with a particular focus on Kāti Huirapa.

The wānaka series will help inform kōrero for the whakapapa of the whare (interior whare adornment discussions) but it is intended to be particularly relevant to those who are building their understanding of hapū as well as whānau whakapapa. 
Let us know if you want to join the 2016 Rūnaka wānaka series from April and indicate if there are any wānaka that you know you won’t be available to participate in, by emailing or calling the rūnaka office: [email protected] or 03 465 7300.