We have made the very tough decision to cancel the wānanga.
We felt we could not guarantee the safety of rangatahi attending the event, with numbers potentially reaching 100 and the travel required for some.

BUT.... watch this space! The funding will be repurposed for a project to support rangatahi Māori so send us your ideas: info@wio.org.nz

We will look to run the wānanga early next year if we are successful with our funding application. Wish us luck!

Date:         2020 event cancelled

Duration:   3 days

Location:   Moutere Valley

Cost:          $50*

Open to:    All ages

*We are asking this as koha for kai


Wānanga 2020

He manu hau ahau, he pī ka rere
I am a fledgling ready to take flight

Te Kupenga Rangatahi Wānanga 2020 is an opportunity for graduates of Manaaki Tāpoi to reunite, re-connect and find inspiration for their future.

A team of Manaaki Tāpoi graduates, keen to continue their Manaaki journey, developed the idea for Te Kupenga Rangatahi Wānanga 2020. They successfully applied to Ruia for funding and now invite you to join them for 3 days of Manaaki style fun and learning.

There will be inspiring people running workshops, speakers, activities and outings to engage and motivate you in your journey in Te Ao Māori.

This webpage will be regularly updated so you can keep in touch with new developments. If you haven't already, please check out  and “like” our Facebook page for further news.

Please note, this event is open to all Manaaki Tāpoi graduates. There will be over and under 18 year olds sharing workshops and participating in activities. Trusted adults will be in supervisory roles and as far as possible, sleeping areas will be separated. If you are at school, you will need permission from a parent/guardian.
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Event Schedule

Schedule 1

Friday 4th September

Mihi Whakatau
A welcome to the wānanga by the Rangatahi Leadership team supported by Matua Mike Elkington and the current Manaaki Tāpoi students.

Mau Kōrari - Tānemahuta Gray
Mau kōrari is a form of mau rākau that is a combination of the Māori martial art fighting form of taiaha infused with more contemporary movement forms including hip-hop, and contemporary dance. It is powerful form of identity building, a great workout and lots of fun!


Saturday 5th September

Mau Kōrari with Tanemahuta Gray
Build on the fun from Friday to create a collaborative performance

Collaborative Art with Ronald Petey
Together we will create a masterpiece reflecting our individual selves and the collective we form at Te Kupenga Rangatahi

Performance and stories at Moturoa Rabbit Island
A chance to perform our Mau Kōrari creation on the beautiful sands of Rabbit Island. Followed by stories led by rangatahi and workshop leaders.

Ōku momoea
You've been inspired, now start working on your dream. What kind of a person are you and what dreams do you have. Small groups in separate rooms to enable discussion and learning.

Key Note Speaker - Tānemahuta Gray
Tānemahuta Gray (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne, Tainui) is one of New Zealand’s leading bi-cultural choreographers who has artistically directed and co-created the shows; Māui – One Man Against The Gods, Arohanui -The Greatest Love and Tiki Taane Mahuta. He currently leads Taki Rua Productions; Aotearoa’s national Māori theatre company. He's been on an amazing path - find out how he got to where he is today.


Sunday 6th September

Kōrerorero Panel Discussion and Networking
A chance to hear from and ask questions to a panel of people with a huge variety of lived experience

Ōku whāinga - Goal setting
You've dreamed your dream, heard other people's journeys - now it's time to plan your own. Small groups in separate rooms to enable discussion and learning.

Bringing us all back together and ready to step out into the world again


All food for the duration of the wānanga will be provided. There is a koha of $50 to contribute to food costs.*


Accommodation will be available noho marae style. Whenua Iti Outdoors will oversee the allocated accommodation and supervisors will be present at all times.

Getting Here

Transport will be available from the West Coast and Marlborough. Please indicate that transport is required on your enrolment form.

Further Information

Please note that this event is smoke free, drug free & alcohol free, just the same as all Manaaki Tāpoi programmes we run.

Any questions? Please email us and our rangatahi leadership team will get back to you.

* There are limited scholarships available. If you are interested in applying please contact us.


This youth-led event is supported by Ruia and Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Want to find out more about a programme or have a question for us? Talk to one of our friendly team - we're happy to help.