March 07, 2019
Wairau whānau walk stories in place
A Blenheim roopu is showing that walking the landscape is the best way to learn and share tribal history.
Ngā Pakiaka Mōrehu o te Whenua Trust is preparing for its next wānanga, a voyage up Tōtaranui- Queen Charlotte Sound to Meretoto or Ship Cove.
Helen Leahy from whānau ora commissioning agency Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, which is backing the initiative, says it's a way to share knowledge, history, values, waiata and every else within in the rohe of Rangitāne ki Wairau to pass on to future generations.
Some of those stories are also being shared in books produced for kura and mainstream schools in the area.
"We love that, that whānau ora is about being that repository of knowledge but also about walking that knowledge in place and you know where you come from and you hear the stories from your whananunga around you," Ms Leahy says.
Te Pūtahitanga is also backing the publication of a cookbook that got kaumātua from the Wakatū area to reveal their family recipes.
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