Napier Courier - 2021-07-21


Rangatahi becoming our future kaitiaki


Hawke’s Bay rangatahi are becoming future kaitiaki, learning traditional Ma¯ori skills as part of a new programme. The Maungaharuru-Tangitu¯ Charitable Trust Whakatipu Kaitiaki — Raising Future Kaitiaki programme recently received a $50,000 grant from the Pan Pac Environmental Trust. The programme helps rangatahi (young people) to gain knowledge and experience in four main kaupapa — ki tai — waka and traditional navigation skills; whakapapa — of hapu¯, history, te reo Ma¯ori, karakia and kapa haka; Matariki — Maramataka (Ma¯ori lunar calendar), star constellations and native tree planting; and ki uta — nga¯here (bush) experience, native bush restoration, establishing a nursery. The native bush restoration will start at ta¯tara Pa¯ Waharoa with Te Wai Mauri Environmental Trust and tree planting is happening along the Tutaekurı¯ river. The programme is delivered by Michelle and Piripi Smith of the tea a Rangi Educational Trust. Maungaharuru-Tangitu¯ Trust Kaiwhakawhanake a¯-Hapu¯ (hapu development manager) Johanna Wilson said the programme aims to engage with young people from the seven different Ahuriri hapu¯ and 32 rangatahi have participated in the programme. “The Whakatipu Kaitiaki — Raising Future Kaitiaki has been an awesome initiative, engaging with rangatahi and their wha¯nau. “Wha¯nau love it because their rangatahi are engaging in learning cool Ma¯ori stuff like stand-up paddling, waka ama, waka tuarua, catching eels.” Siblings Blake, 15, and Reese Barraclough, 14, took part in the programme as they felt it was a great opportunity to learn more about their culture and history and be involved with wha¯nau and extended wha¯nau that are their age. They said the best part was “being with our cousins and meeting new wha¯nau, we were always together”. They learnt how to navigate where the sun, moon and stars are set to rise, how to steer a waka and their whakapapa and waiata. Mother Daphne Barraclough said herself and husband Matt saw a change in their children. “Blake and Reese love their culture, their stories of laughter shared with us has been awesome to see. The connection my kids have with their wha¯nau in what they have learnt from day one since joining the programme has been awesome, to see how proud they are to be part of this kaupapa.”


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