Tuia te tai Poutini: Rangatahi Māori Leadership Development Programme
In 2015 Tihou Messenger-Weepu was awarded a Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship to work with Rangatahi Māori on the West Coast. This was in in partnership with WestREAP and TUIA (a kaupapa that brings passionate young Māori together in a way that promotes growth and development with themselves and their mahi). The goal of was to develop and establish a Rangatahi Māori Leadership Programme on the West Coast.
Wānanga were held on the West Coast as part of the Rangatahi Māori Leadership Development Programme. These wānanga focussed around building a sense of self-worth and identity as young Māori by exploring what it means to be connected to whakapapa, whenua and community. The aim is to transform the way these young people see themselves and learn how important the decisions we make are who we are meant to be. Wananga in 2016 and 2017 were run with the investment of Te Putahitanga (more on them below).
Wananga continue to run in 2018 with the most recent being held at Te Tauaka Waka a Maui Marae at Bruce Bay and another one coming up in August to be held at Arahura Marae.
Te Pūtahitanga is a partnership between the nine Iwi of Te Waipounamu: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne and Ngāti Rarua. They believe in flax roots innovation and whānau writing their own futures. Check out the awesome video below they created.
WEST REAP, TE TAI POUTINI : A SERIES OF RANGATAHI WĀNANGA THAT FOCUSES ON WEAVING CONNECTIONS TO THE WHENUA, OUR TŪPUNA AND OUR WHAKAPAPA.
EPISODE 18, 2017 – Created by Māui Studios & Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu