Feels like I'm home!

  Tuku Reihana was a participant of Māori Tikanga Wānanga and has recently been made a tutor and leader.

Tuku Reihana was a participant of Māori Tikanga Wānanga and has recently been made a tutor and leader.

Whanau experience by: Tuku Reihana

Tēnā koutou,

Ko Puhanga-Tohora te Maunga
Ko Mangatawa te awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko Te Rautawa-I-Nui Te Whare Tipuna
Ko Ngāi Tu Te Auru Te hapū
Ko Ngāpuhi Te Iwi

Ko Tuku Reihana tōku ingoa

Ko te mea nui mō au me ēnei Wānanga, ko te Tikanga, Te Matauranga Ki te Whakāko ngā mea e pa ana ki ahau, me mātou te Iwi Māori. Ki te pupū ake ngā kawa rerekē ō tātou tīpuna. Hei ora ai mō ake tonu.

He mea tino harikoa mō au ki te kite i te whanaungatanga me te mana rangatiratanga I ruia mai i roto i ngā tauira mai te timatanga ki te whakamutunga ō tenei ō ngā wānanga, he nui te hanga na te mea kua kite, kua mahi, me kua ako rātou ngā whanonga pono ō rātou tīpuna me te iwi Māori. He ara timata mō rātou i wehe atu mai i te tikanga. Kai pai rawa!

Whai i tēnei arahi,

Kei te pīrangi au ki te whakāko tōku whānau kia tō te mana i roto I a tātou mo ake tonu.
Ki te awhi i a rātou e pirangi ki te ako ngā Tikanga Māori. Ki te korero Maori i ngā wā katoa. Kia tū hei rangatira mō rātou e rapu ana ngā kupu āwhina e pa ana ki ngā Tikanga Māori.

Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

I really enjoy these wānanga, because it takes me back to my roots and it makes me feel one with myself and feels like I am home. With the knowledge that is shared, to the games we play and the hospitality we are blessed with, it’s a great place to start your journey.

The main thing for me is seeing the students and participants who come along for the first time, who are shy and not wanting to be there, and not knowing where they come from and asking themselves why they are even there, to see them over the course of four days participate in tikanga, learning pepeha and activities such as mau rākau and flax weaving, to grow, bond and reconnect with each other and the ways of living of their ancestors and not wanting to leave the marae at the end. It is awesome, and it shows that we have a good spiritual bond with one another being Māori whether you're from different tribes or not.

It is a good start to reconnect with yourself if you've never been taught or wanting to know more about tikanga Māori.

For me, I want to able to teach my family and children about tikanga, so it lives on forever in my family. To be able to speak Te Reo Māori fluently all the time. To be a role model for someone who is seeking advice about where to start the re-connection to their tikanga or just to be someone they're able to seek knowledge from that will help them in their journey.

Thank you.

MĀORI TIKANGA WANANGA

A partnership between New Zealand Corrections and Te Piki Oranga. The aim of the program is to re-connect whānau that have committed offences back to Tikanga Māori as a pathway to reduce offending. 

Tuku was recognised by tutors and kaumatua of the program as having potential to be a leader, a role model and an example for participants in future wānanga.