What an amazing journey it has been for us and our Nga Rangatahi o Ngati Pikiao Leaders, to have been given the opportunity to run our own holiday programme noho for other tamariki at our own Marae (Waiatuhi Marae) based out at Mourea. Using our own marae to give our rangatahi and tamariki a sense of belonging, through whanaungatanga (family, love), kaitiakitanga (guardianship), manaakitanga (helping others), ukaipotanga (going back to where you belong) and kotahitanga (bringing together) Our biggest hope was rangatahi and tamariki will acquire tikanga (marae protocols) practices handed down from our Tupuna (ancestors), and the outcome was a great success for both our Rangatahi leaders and our tamariki.
We also incorporated circuit trainings in the mornings to encourage health, fitness and discipline, and also played games and activities to encourage team building skills and Leadership. We had Hip hop dance routines taught to our tamariki by their uncle ( Piripi Christie), which then led into a dance competition followed by a prize giving. Our Rangatahi and tamariki also helped in the kitchen with breakfasts, lunches, dinner and cleaning by them organising their own teams and rosters.
We had a speaker (Matua Rehua Mihaka) come and korero about the history and whakapapa of our Marae and also of our Maunga Matawhaura before we headed off on our hikoi up Matawhaura which was followed by a dip at soda springs. What a learning it was , not only for our rangatahi and tamariki but also for our parents and whanau whose whakapapa link back to the Marae. Our tamariki also taught and learnt the haka, which they performed themselves to the Ngati Rongomai and Lakes High School Kapa Haka group Iti Rearea at their dress rehearsal, full of pride and commitment.
This was a successful first week, and we would like this to be an ongoing continuous programme for our Nga Rangatahi o Ngati Pikiao leaders, to be able to run this every school holidays. We would like to thank Waiatuhi Marae, Mokoia Community Association, Salvation Army and all the whanau. This would not have been possible without their support and tautoko.