Funding supports 3 waka journeys for up to 54 rangatahito be delivered to disadvantaged groups from Te Tauihu. Waka journeys are residential, weeklong programmes, designed to increase rangatahi self-confidence, cultural connection and develop a strong sense of belonging and kaitiakitanga. The journeys are kaupapa Māori; designed and delivered by kaiako Māori. Activities include waka ama, mau rakau, pūrakau, and exploring local sites of significance including ngāhere (forest), moana (ocean) & awa (rivers).
Waka journeys will be delivered in partnership with local iwi , schools and and other community groups. Iwi have identified a need for rangatahi to have more opportunities to connect to their whakapapa, rohe and cultural activities, in order to ‘stand tall on the paepae’. Local schools and community see need for tailored support for disengaged and/or learning support students to improve educational and employability pathways, and strengthen wellbeing.
Contact: Lucy Carver