On March 11th Te Rau Ora held a mihi whakatau at our Hamilton office for thirteen tauira who have engaged with us to be part of the Waikato Mā Purapura Mai Wānanga.
As we began our ‘Day One -Building a solid foundation from a Māori paradigm’ our Kaiwhakarearea, Codey Bell, started the day with whakawhanaungatanga. Then our Pouwhakahaere, Kerri Butler, took them through the whakapapa of Te Rau Ora, Te Kete Pounamu and Mā Purapura Mai. Finally, our engaging facilitator, Rose Heta-Minhinnick, began the learnings of the Wānanga:
• Overview of the programme, expectations
• Whanaungatanga in action
• Introduction to journaling
• Introduction to the Māori Lived Experience model (Tuakana-Teina, guiding values)
The participants were engaged throughout the day. Productive discussions and important reflections continued to arise, which was lovely to see. Some shared that they felt so safe and welcomed into this wānanga for Māori with lived experience which they had never experienced before. Others expressed how beautiful it was to be able to speak and learn Te Reo Māori words throughout the day and to learn Māori values they weren’t familiar. It became clear that everyone took away many essential ideas from the wānanga and are looking forward to the next one