Wayfinding transposes the principles of celestial navigation and ocean voyaging by ancient and modern Pasifika voyagers into a framework that can be used in a modern context.
Wayfinding was developed by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i under the guidance of voyaging tohunga and leader of Te Toki, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. Designed specifically for changing environments the programme builds people’s ability to work to a vision and incorporate the skills of navigation.
Wayfinding to Choose Hope helps young people understand themselves and those around them, it guides young people to create solutions so they can navigate to their Island of success. Rangatahi will go on a journey to explore how things can go wrong in life, who is on their waka, explore their fears and help them name their deepest desires. It is a gentle process that empowers them to come up with real-life solutions that are within their reach. Through the programme, they develop empathy for others and demonstrate more kindness to each other. They also become more comfortable in talking about tough times and how they are feeling. Through empowerment, comes strength and unity, powerful attributes to counteract the challenges that can be experienced in Māori and Pacific communities
For more information: Te Toki Voyaging Trust