Ahipene Takuta Wera Hiko Whānau Trust
Ahipene Takuta Werahiko Whānau Trust fosters closer relationships among and within their whānau, and places education and leadership development at the centre of everything they do.
The aims of their Waka Hourua project were to:
- Plan practical activities for participants in Te Urewera National Park;
- Create a sense of belonging for those whānau who are disconnected from their whenua;
- Strengthen the whakapapa connections among and within the whānau;
- Nurture and develop leadership qualities to build resilience;
- Develop practical life skills including complex problem solving;
- Share the histories and stories of Tuhoe and Te Urewera;
- Gain an appreciation as kaitiaki of the whenua;
- Create an opportunity for those whānau whose voices are not normally heard, a space to share and contribute;
- Use digital storytelling to share the journey with other whānau, and
- Create a plan so future generations can continue this work.
Ahipene Takuta Werahiko Whanau Trust had a very successful haeranga in Ruatahuna in September 2014 and a film crew from Marae followed them to discover what this Waka Hourua Community Fund initiative was all about.