May 04, 2017
Te Atiawa wananga to teach tribal basics
Post-settlement body Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa hopes a wananga next month for rangatahi will be a way to involve young people in the tribe and create a path to succession.
Organiser Matapaepae Irwin says some of the tribe’s younger members feel they lack capacity around marae and hapu activities, and they also fall short on their understanding of claims.
She says the three-day wananga will be a way to learn knowledge and skills and develop a sense of kotahitanga or unity within that generation.
"We’re a little older than rangatahi, 15 or whatever, but the things we believe we should have learned when we were at that age, we’re about 15 years behind, so we didn’t want that for future generations, we want to kick it in now so they would have somewhere to go and it would be easier for them to transition into adulthood," Ms Irwn says.
The wananga is at Owae Marae in Waitara from June 30.
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