Kia ora, my name is Jah-vana Lilley I am the co-ordinator for Hīkoi Waewae. For those of you that don’t know, we are a walking/tramping rōpū based on Te Tai Poutini. During our hīkoi we will be learning mātauranga Māori, whakapapa, tikanga, karakia, te reo, ngā hua o te ngahere and Māori place names. Our aim is to reconnect with our whenua by walking in the footsteps of our tūpuna to regain a sense of connection and belonging. Experience wellbeing through developing fitness and spending time in our natural environment, breathing clean fresh air and disconnecting from technology.

Every Monday we go walking, depending on the weather as we don’t want to put anyone at risk. We have completed over 20 hīkoi including one overnight tramp and we are planning a second. We have an amazing dedicated group that varies in numbers from week-to-week. If you would like more information or to join in on a hīkoi or two then add our Facebook page “Hīkoi Waewae” and flick me a message or email us at: [email protected] we are always keen for new faces to join in on our awesome initiative.