Waka Hourua

Turning the Tide with Te Taitimu Trust

Te Taitimu Trust is a Māori non-profit organisation based in the Hastings rohe. The Trust runs quality wānanga with tamariki and rangatahi. They aim to engage with the hearts and minds of our rangatahi, motivating them to become our rangatira for the future through engagement with tangaroa.

Te Taitimu Trust uses whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships) with support agencies and local communities, whānau and rangatahi. The camps are designed to strengthen resilience to impacts of life and suicide reaching rangatahi from hard to reach communities. The Trust’s philosophy is the development of rangatahi into rangatira or future leaders.

Te Rau Matatini is privileged to be able tautoko this important mahi and to be part of the Taitimu Trust whānau.  We are also fortunate to have their Chief Executive Zack Makoare as one of our Waka Hourua Pou Ārahi for the Ngāti Kahungunu rohe.  Mauri ora!

Te Taitimu Trust celebrated their 10th annual Summer camp, with the Big Camp held at Te Aute College on the 8 – 13 January 2017.  Sir Mason Durie and Te Rau Matatini were proud to be sponsors of the hui along with groups like the Hawkes Bay Police, past Te Aute college students, locals for Pukehou, staff from Te Aute College, Kimiora Trust, waka ama JT, John and whanau from Auckland for our crafts day, Zeal, Dino for the concert especially Troy and Young Sid, Michelle and her team for the arts, Patu and WFWH, Jordan Waiti and his helpers for our snorkelling and surfing workshops, Ngā Toanga Takaroa Trust for the KI-O-RAHI games, Unison Power Company, Darrel, Danny and Pene, Leon, the Power and Mob Whānau, Surfing with Bronson, the back office staff, Michelle, Roimata and Dawn, the Trustees, and MC Te Hamua, Chester and Rob Hewitt!  Just an incredible collectiveness of Māori Ora.

Here is the link to an amazing YouTube video of Big Camp.  Awa Studio has made a beautiful legacy piece for the trust and ngā mihi ki a Troy Kingi, an old boy from Te Aute College for the music featured on the video. Please watch and share this whānau! 

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