You know not your future until you know your past.

Targeted taiohi wānanga are held annually – designed to invest in the personal development of our young people. Aimed at young people aged between 12-18 who connect into Wakatū Incorporation, the wānanga are focused on self-motivation, outdoor recreation, traditional values and identity. Each year we alternate between taitamawahine (young women) and taitama (young men), and in 2018, the taiohi wānanga is for young women. The wānanga will take place between 1-5 October 2018, and applications closed on 31 May 2018. Applications for 2019 will open in April 2019.

Activities are marae-based and include an outdoor component in the Abel Tasman National Park. Activities include:

  • Te reo Māori
  • Waiata
  • Traditional food
  • Tribal history
  • Environmental responsibility
  •  Goal setting
  • Career pathways
  • An overview of Wakatū and its associated business

Youth Wānanga online application form

Tūranga Morgan-Edmonds

Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa

I became interested in the wānanga when my mother mentioned that it was available to both my brother and I. I thought it would be a good idea to go so I could learn about my Mum’s and her Dad’s side of the family, their heritage and whakapapa and to meet some of my distant relatives. On the wānanga we went for a hike through the Able Tasman, went kayaking, used the waka ama, learnt about our heritage on our Wakatū side, visited the sacred puna, made a hāngi and learnt some awesome kapa haka pieces which we performed on the final day.  We also got to meet whanau we had never met before which was awesome! I really enjoyed the kapa haka because I am a big kappa haka fan and haven’t been able to do it at my school for a while so to do it after a long time was really fun.

After the wānanga I felt so happy I had such a good time, but I was sad it was over so quickly, by the time we had all got to know each other it was time to leave. 

The Wananga has helped give me a better understanding of my Ngāti Rārua Te Ātiawa heritage. It has also made me more sociable as I am usually quite shy, but I surprised myself with how close I became with the other boys and the leaders. The wānanga is an amazing experience and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Jayme-Rae Anae

Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Koata

I had one of the most life-changing and breathtaking experiences of my life just by taking part in Wakatū Incorporation's Wānanga. We learnt about our ancestry, the land, the camps we stayed at and a variety of waiata, actions and poi. I was one of the solo singers for the waiata and I was the youngest in the group. That experience gave me courage to carry on in kapa haka. Whaea Talei Morrison was our kaiako during the wānanga and she’s really cool!  I also got to meet 12 other cousins I’ve never met before and that was awesome! I’m proud to be Māori, I’m comfortable with who I am and where I come from, and in some way I feel a stronger sense of direction. It's all been a positive learning experience and if I’m ever given an opportunity again I’d definitely take it.