Tribal members from as far as Perth and as near as ‘just down road’ attended this first time event aimed at re-connecting tribal members to their tribal knowledge and each other.
“Learnt so much, filled my kete, loved all the workshops! Well organised, wonderful kaimahi and presenters!! ” Luanne Butler, one of the waananga attendees reported soon after.
The event was hosted by Waikato-Tainui providing the platform for Mana Whenua groups to have complete ownership of the content delivered, and how they wanted to deliver it. The workshop kaupapa delivered throughout the day. These included;
- Tongikura is kotahitanga
- Rangiriri te Pae o te Riri
- Mahuta ki Uta, Mahuta ki Tai
- Te Kei o te waka o Tainui
Amanda Nelson, another attendee also told us that she “Totally loved the vibe of this wānanga. It was an amazing day with great kaiwhakahaere, amazing people, kotahitanga all round.” As well as the workshops, an emphasis was placed on ensuring the vibe of the event as a whole was inclusive and therefore content was bilingual. Ms Butler summarised her experience concluding that “Then there was all korero shared.. & the kai all day was so plentiful and delicious!! Grateful to have attended today”
The intention is to run this waananga once a year, and ensure we carry on in the vein of inclusivity, both of Mana Whenua stories being shared, as well as attendance from wide and far.
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