With a focus on leaders aged 18-23 years we were a small group in the end. We stayed at the Ngāpuhi marae, Te Piringatahi out West, got stuck in Friday morning traffic, and loved every minute of it. Ngāpuhi were in the house and proud of it. We rocked our Ngāpuhi kākahu. Keep an eye out for these events in future. We’ll put details out to the Takiwā and encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.
A note from one of ours to show it wasn’t just me that enjoyed myself…
Thank yous for the TE ARA MOANA weekend!! I feel like we all gained something from it and keen azz for the next! And it was mean azz spending time with yous and the girls!! YES KEEP IN TOUCH WHAEA!! Ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a koutou ā te whānau Ngāpuhi runanga!!!
The wānanga was facilitated by Veeshayne and Tamati Patuwai, and their MadAve youth leaders. We’d definitely recommend any event where these whānau were organising and facilitating. Amazing that Veeshayne is from Moerewa. Yeah we’ll take that credit.
Icebreakers can be traumatic, but the way this team lead it out was amazing. Yes, you ended up sharing your truth with someone you’d just met but it was done in the safest way. That’s not stuff you can write a script for, they were really skilled.
Loved the island styles that came through, it was so easy to be in that space with people laughing, singing, and listening to music (yep even some Taylor Swift was on the speaker – you just gotta laugh.) Entertaining as anything.
And choose two activities you want to have a go at – I’d pick the Te Toki waka hourua anyday. I missed out on the session with Te Kahu Rolleston but we still got a selfie with him for our files. Beat that.
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