Te Waka Tuhono

Te Waka Tuhono aims to build cultural resiliency and wellbeing for young Maori aged 14-17 years.

Engaging in Maori practices such as Mara Kai, Waka Ama, Waka Toi, Ngahere Hikoi, and Noho Wananga that resource Rangatahi to reduce harm (alcohol and other drug use / impact from others addiction), become more resilient, make better choices and establish strong cultural connections.

The service aims to empower our Rangatahi to stand proud in their identity as Maori.

Along this journey with Te Waka Tuhono they will learn about their culture, their tikanga, and hear korero from our Kaumatua on the ways of our Tupuna. When our young people are confident in their culture and identity they will thrive.

How does it work? Following a powhiri process, Rangatahi will go on camp. Included is a range of ongoing learning experiences in a Marae and classroom setting, with referral to specialist counselling interventions as required.

Who can refer? Referrals accepted from whanau, schools, community and Rangatahi.

Engaging in authentic Maori practices such as Whakairo, Waka Ama, Waka Toi, Ngahere Hikoi, Noho Matauranga Wananga (by Maori for Maori) that resource Rangatahi to reduce harm, and build Maori identity and connections.

Our Team

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Joe Clarke
Cultural Advisor
Janette Clarke
Te Waka Tuhono Manukura
Greg Houkamau
Te Waka Tuhono Manukura