Te Taitimu Trust currently co-ordinates and facilitates rangatahi wānanga with high needs or high risk Māori and Pasifika individuals, whānau, groups and communities.
Rangatahi face a number of challenges in order to live long, healthy, sustainable lives. Engagement with high needs communities and key stakeholders along with effective coordination of services and quality service delivery of wānanga can support healthier, happier rangatahi who will become confident, resilient and connected citizens.
The Trust’s Waka Hourua project was designed to:
- facilitate opportunities for rangatahi to participate in social, economic, environmental, cultural and spiritual development, and
- nurture whakawhanaungatanga and heal the hearts and minds of rangatahi through reconnecting rangatahi to Tangaroa.
The natural environment has proven to be a great place to engage young people in the Trust’s wānanga, noho marae, workshops and weekend trips where rangatahi could:
- learn tikanga and kawa to assist in building confidence, self-esteem and resilience experience nurturing tuakana / teina relationships with kaitiaki, and
- enjoy activities include gardening and food gathering, water safety, financial literacy, food preparation and cooking.
The project was designed to facilitate opportunities for whānau to access services that they might not normally engage with such as budgeting, education, parenting and with social and health professionals, with the goal of nurturing self-reliant, self-sustainable whānau and communities.