Last week, we had the opportunity to host a special three-day wānanga focused on enhancing tāne wellbeing. Mana Tāne – Waitaha, held at Kōkōmuka Lodge in Eyrewell Forest, brought together Tāne Whānau Ora Navigators, Tūpono Connectors and tāne they work alongside to share in mātauranga, focusing on enhancing hauora as matua within their whānau, resilience, and strengthening connection.
We were joined by tāne kaimahi from Te Pouwhenua, Te Whare Hauora, Te Puna Oranga, and all the way from Ngāti Rangi in Ohakune. At the mihi whakatau we were generously welcomed by Ngāi Tuahuriri whānau and kaumātua, and so began three days of inspiring learning.
Sessions included mau rākau with Jai Te Ahunga, mirimiri with the team at Te Arateatea Whare Hauora, and others facilitated by our Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu tāne kaimahi supported by Kahutāne Whaanga. Guest speakers included Jared Riwai-Couch from MENgineering, Ruatau and his Te Arateatea team, and Broken Movement Trust’s, Jacob Skilling and Zac Guildford.
It was an amazing couple of days and we cannot thank enough all those who helped bring this together and took part, including our beautiful hosts at Kōkōmuka Lodge, Karla and Rex Gamble.
Applications for Wave 17 and Tai Neke, Tai Ora are now closed. Thank you for your applications; we are excited to see what this Wave will bring. Applications will now go to our Independent Assessment Panel for consideration mid to late March and all applicants will be contacted after that.