Māori Tikanga Wananga at Te Hora Pa

By Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki (Cultural Advisor)

Making Uku (Clay Flute)

Maori Tikanga Wananga was held over four days in October at Te Hora Pa in Canvastown.  This is a joint initiative between Te Piki Oranga and Community Corrections and is held twice a year.

The focus of the wananga was to re-connect our whānau back to the Marae. The four day wananga included, tikanga, kawa, wairuatanga, manaakitanga and whānaungatanga associated with Mau Rākau, Raranga (Flax Weaving), Uku (clay work, flute making), Karanga, Whaikōrero, Pepeha and Pakohe (Argillite) Carving. 

We had lots of positive feedback from wananga participants.  Following are some quotes:

I am going to carry on the tika (Tikanga Māori) through my children, my partner and whoever wants to listen to what I have learnt. I am privileged to be part of this programme and even more privileged to have been invited to other wananga to attend and tautoko through Mau Rākau
— Eugene
Making Uku (clay flute)

Making Uku (clay flute)

Hopefully do another wananga. Do a refresher course. Would like 2 get a job. Be visiting whānau
— Anita
Totally enjoyed myself. I don’t want to go home!! I’m keen to learn more, Kia Ora
— Leahrangi
To do more wananga. Stay drug free and find out more about my tipuna. Continue my journey and help troubled youth
— Charles
Would like to come back and tautoko/friends of Te Hora and Ngāti Kuia
— Daniel
Kono and konae weaving

Kono and konae weaving

Finish my Home D and stay out of trouble, so me and my family can go on holiday and visit family and get a job to provide for my family
— Tiana
Do another wananga possibly April 2018 and the Ngāti Kuia Waka Project Wananga on the 10th November 2017
— Hemi
Pakohe (Carving)

Pakohe (Carving)

To try my hardest to keep coming to wananga, by word of ear and try to come on my own accord instead of doing thru the law
— Rex
I am going to, head up high, and be proud to be a Māori, also let whanau and friends know that I’ve attended a wananga at Te Hora Pa. Really enjoyed it whānau of Te Hora Pa, thanks heaps and keep it going for the mauri of tikanga
— Tadeusz