Āraiteuru ki uta, Āraiteuru ki tai, Āraiteuru te waka e tau nei. Tīhei mauri ora!

From 4-7 October we held Manawa Hou ki Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki. Although Ranginui spent most of the time ensuring we knew how much he loved our beautiful hākui, Papatūānuku, our whānau made the most of it. On the first night we split into our groups and learned about the journeys of our tūpuna all the way from Hawaiki to Kaiapoi. Through sharing their stories: our two pōua (Graeme Pepper and Matapura Ellison) bought us back home and shared how our tūpuna settled around Te Tai o Āraiteuru. Each group did a wonderful job of retelling the stories and coming up with creative ways of recreating their kōrero through a visual timeline, waiata, whakaari (drama), stomping and games. [Read more…]

Over the weekend of 12-14 August, around 15 Puketeraki tuākana gathered to take part in the Manawa Hou tuākana wānanga. The purpose of this wānanga was to discuss and plan how to show manaaki and connect Ngāi Tahu rakatahi with the papa-kāinga, Puketeraki and was held in preparation for Manawa Hou ki Puketeraki which will be taking place from 4-7 October. It was a weekend of connecting to the past, the place and the people. Participants at this wānanga were very fortunate to have Donelle Manihera, Rangimarie Mules, Tihou Weepu and Irai Weepu in support of our whānau and the Manawa Hou kaupapa.

We look forward to hosting rakatahi at the upcoming Manawa Hou ki Puketeraki and building lasting connections with them through this kaupapa. [Read more…]

In April our Puke whānau travelled up to Christchurch to attend Manawa Hou at Wairewa Marae. It was such an awesome experience being there catching up with old faces and meeting some new faces as well. It was great to spend a week with a group of rangatahi who have the same interests and intentions as my own. We were getting up at early hours of the morning to get our bodies warmed up and ready for what the day was going to bring us and our very first bonding experience was going for a hīkoi up the maunga Te Ūpoko o Tahumatā. [Read more…]

On the 26-29 April, Wairewa Rūnanga hosted the rakatahi programme, Manawa Hou.

This was a unique opportunity for 23 Kāi Tahu rakatahi, and five tuākana (all of whom whakapapa to Wairewa) to connect with Kāti Irakehu rāua ko Kāti Makō. The itinerary included a hīkoi up the mauka, Te Ūpoko o Tahumatā, visiting the Ōkana awa and seeing the 2,600 native trees planted there, a morning trip to Te Mata Hapuku (Birdlings Flat) to release tuna into the moana, visit to Ōruaka Pā and Poutaiki, marae service, awesome kōrero about the surrounding rohe, Kāi Tahu waiata, a new ngeri, and for some, support to safely explore the roles of karanga and whaikōrero. [Read more…]

From 27 September-3 October, 15 rakatahi participated in the Te Ara Whakatipu hīkoi to Whakatipu Waitai/Hollyford Valley/Martins Bay. Four of the rakatahi were from Te Rūnaka o Makaawhio.

The group completed a 21-kilometre walk into Martins Bay. Rakatahi do this spectacular path twice, walking in and out – a total of 42 kilometres. They also complete other bush walks around the area. Learning waiata/haka, mahika kai gathering and cooking were just a few of the other activities that kept our rakatahi amused (and tired).

On day one, the rakatahi were shy and quiet but after this five-day immersion programme, not only were they more comfortable with themselves, each other and all the staff, they also enjoyed the experiences away from modern technology.

We had beautiful weather for the first three days with a small hīkoi in the surrounding areas, harakeke weaving, and hīnaki building to mention a few activities but then it poured on day four. So, while on a bush walk, the staff made hot vegetable soup and fried bread, which was then delivered to a nearby Department of Conservation hut as a surprise morning tea.

On day five the weather eased off but everyone was still wet and cold for the walk out and by the time the rakatahi arrived in Te Anau they were shivering cold. After hot showers everyone settled down to enjoy their last night together.

We came home with many fantastic stories and photos to share. I would like to thank the organisers for giving me the opportunity to make this one of the most memorable learning experiences for me.

Lastly, a big mihi to the leader of this hīkoi, Kara Edwards and extended thanks to all those who supported the kaupapa, including Mike Talbolt, Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, Kāhu Edwards, Kyle Davis, Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio , Rachel Forsyth, Helen Rasmussen, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Hollyford Track.

I know all you wonderful rakatahi will do fabulous things going forward and I loved getting to know you all over the short period of time. Can’t wait to do it all again next year. Remember – life is all about opportunities.

People can register their interest in next year’s hīkoi by emailing [email protected]
Nā Rachael Forsyth.

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During the school holidays I travelled as part of a group of rakatahi Kāi Tahu to Te Tai Poutini where we stayed at the beautiful Tūhuru Marae for a four-day wānaka rakatahi called, Manawa Hou. On our haereka we visited many significant sites around the rohe and took part in a lot of fun activities and games. We also learnt some of the history about the takiwā. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

A group of Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (youth) went on a hīkoi around Te Pātaka a Rakaihautu exploring their Ngāi Tahu identity. The hīkoi is part of Manawa Hou, an initiative designed by the office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, to pass on knowledge of traditions, history and stories to help rangatahi get a sense of their Ngāi Tahu identity. This hīkoi was based at Ōnuku Marae, where rangatahi explored the historic peninsula, travelling to places cultural significance and heard the stories of their ancestors.

“The idea of the hīkoi is to take them to some of the places of our ancestors and help them to develop a sense of who they are as Ngāi Tahu,” Tā Tipene O’Regan said. “The hīkoi allows them to practice and enjoy some of the cultural traditions and to be participants rather than observers. It’s also important that the rangatahi meet each other so that the tribal inter-relationships are personal rather than just theoretical or academic – so they get to know each other as people.”

Year 13 student, Rerehu Lousi travelled from Hamilton to be part of Manawa Hou. “I really enjoyed Manawa Hou, I met heaps of new people and learnt a lot about my history,” said Rerehu. “I have been told about my Ngāi Tahu side, but I have never actually lived it the way we have for the past two-days.” [Read more…]

Fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga

The first school holidays for the year saw us staging our fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga. The crew was made up of 21 Ngāti Waewae tamariki aged four to 17. This time the tamariki learnt new Waewae waiata, haka, and how to make poi. The wānanga ran for five days and each day they had three different classes – waiata, haka and hip hop. On the third day of the wānanga, we had some very sad news that Aunty Babe had passed away, so we prepared ourselves for the tangi. [Read more…]

A group of 20 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi (youth) went on a hīkoi around Kaikōura and then up to the Marlborough Sounds to learn about some of the first footsteps their tīpuna took on their migration to Te Waipounamu. The hīkoi is part of Manawa Hou, a youth initiative designed to pass on knowledge of traditions, history and stories, to help rangatahi get a sense of their Ngāi Tahu identity. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Manawa Hou is a four day ‘your space in our place’ hīkoi held for the first time this year. This hīkoi has been modelled on the infamous ‘bus trips’ that were run by Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation in the early 1990s. [Read more…]