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Please note:

We have plans in place to run the wānanga at all Covid alert levels
including going online. If we cannot hold the event on site, your food
koha will be fully refunded.


Date:         Wed 7th - Fri 9th April

Duration:   3 days

Location:   Moutere Valley

Cost*:        early bird $30 (by 1st March) / $50 full price

Open to:    All ages

Applications close 23 March 2021

*We are asking this as koha for kai. Full refund is available in the event of cancellation or unforseen circumstances.

Wānanga 2021

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

A team of Manaaki Tāpoi graduates, keen to continue their Manaaki journey, developed the idea for Te Kupenga Rangatahi Wānanga. They successfully applied to Ruia for funding and after a false start in 2020 due to Covid-19, we now invite you to join them for 3 days of Manaaki style fun and learning in 2021.

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 and current students. 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 and your school to attend.
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Event Schedule

Schedule 1

Wednesday 7th April

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!


Thursday 8th April

Mau Kōrari with Tanemahuta Gray
Build on the fun from Wednesday 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.

Kaikōrero matua - 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.


Friday 9th April

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 $30 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

You will need to organise transport yourself - we suggest you car pool with others or seek support from your school to bring a van of students over. If transport is a barrier, please get in touch as limited transport may be available.

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 we 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.