Manawa Hou

Manawa Hou ki Puketeraki

Tuesday 4th October – Friday 7th October, 2016

Āraiteuru ki uta, Āraiteuru ki tai, Āraiteuru te waka e tau nei. Tīhei mauri ora!
Huihuia mai ki Puketeraki me he Pipiwharauroa ka takoto te pae!
Ka tū tēnei hui Manawa hou ki Puketeraki ā te 4 ki te 7 o Ono o tēnei tau.
Ki te hiahaere koe me tō whānau, tonoa ki tēnei īmērā-
Kaua e wareware, ko te rā tuku whakamutunga ko te 15 o Whā, 2016.
Nau piki nau kake e ngā Manawa tītī o kā kōhaka maha.
Ko te mataku a Te Wera ko te whakahao!

Manawa_hou2We welcome Ngāi Tahu teenagers to join Manawa Hou – our four day hīkoi designed to give rangatahi an opportunity to explore their Ngāi Tahu identity and Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

The next Manawa Hou hīkoi is hosted by Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki (at Karitāne, north of Dunedin). Features include the beautiful Puketeraki marae, learning the kōrero-ā-whenua, exploring the Huriawa peninsula, and more. Each Manawa Hou is unique because the itinerary is designed by the hosting Papatipu Rūnanga (i.e. Puketeraki) and supported by a group of tuākana or role models.

If you, your whānau, or friends are eligible for Manawa Hou and wish to attend, simply fill out the application form and return it to us before 4pm, Monday 15th August.

We will contact whānau before 1st September 2016 to confirm interview times.

See below for further information on the kaupapa, health and safety, criteria, activities, gear list and to view the application form.


We welcome applications from rangatahi who:

  • Are a registered member of Ngāi Tahu
  • 15 – 18 years of age, or in years 11, 12, 13
  • Have a passion for learning about their Ngāi Tahutanga
  • Willing to give everything a go

Course location, costs and travel options

The Manawa Hou hīkoi begins at Puketeraki Marae, 5 Apes Road, Karitāne (approx 30 minutes north of Dunedin). Manawa Hou ki Puketeraki will begin with a 12.30pm pōwhiri, which whānau are welcome to attend. Following this, the wānanga will begin at 2pm.

The on-course costs for this hīkoi are entirely covered by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, meaning the only associated cost for whānau is transport to the start of the hīkoi.

There will be a minivan going from Ōtautahi/Christchurch to Karitāne and possibly a minivan going from Kaikōura to Karitāne. Please use the application form to indicate how you intend to travel to and from Karitāne.


Each of the Manawa Hou activities is designed to broaden rangatahi knowledge and interest in Ngāi Tahu history. On completing the four-day experience rangatahi will have a greater understanding of:

  • Whanaungatanga and hapū identity
  • Ngāi Tahu identity, tikanga, dialect, waiata and takiwā
  • Further opportunities to engage with whānau, hapū and iwi

The Manawa Hou kaupapa

Succession planning is an important task for any collective. As an indigenous tribal entity Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has an added interest in engaging younger tribal members in the present and future of the iwi.
Enter Manawa Hou, a unified space that supports the interaction of tēina/ youth, tuākana/role models, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Papatipu Rūnanga (our hapū representatives).

Manawa Hou provides a platform to enable greater cultural connection, increased confidence and motivation.

Kaupapa: aims

Manawa Hou aims to develop strong cultural foundations upon which all the other developmental components can be built. It focuses on developing personal attributes and talks to the identity of rangatahi within the iwi, developing who they are as an individual as well as an active and proud iwi member.

Titiro whakamua: background

2012 Manawa Hou began in 2012. Its original scope was to be one of three programmes within the capability development strategy designed to provide ongoing development opportunities to iwi members over the course of their life. The other two programmes are Manawa Tītī and Manawa Nui.

Since its inception, the Manawa Hou rangatahi hīkoi have been held at Awarua, Kaikōura, Ōtākou, Puketeraki, Ngāti Waewae and Wairewa rūnanga.

With influence from the renowned bus trips that were run by Ngāi Tahu Development Corp in the early 1990s and taking the best from the Aoraki Bound model, Manawa Hou engages rangatahi in a kaupapa embedded in place, and kinetic, tactile and mindful exploration of self within a bigger integrated network of iwi, hapū and whānau.

Ngā hua: outcomes

The core outcome of Manawa Hou is to create positive outcomes for the individual, whānau, hapū and iwi. This is achieved by creating an integrated approach to rangatahi development.
There are four main outcomes for Manawa Hou:

  1. Manawa tangata: enhanced connectivity
  2. Manawa tikanga: strengthened Ngāi Tahutanga, te reo Māori and tikanga
  3. Manawa whenua: empowered sense of place
  4. Manawa iwi: commitment to the iwi

The Four Pou of Manawa Hou

Pou Tuatahi – Platform for further rangatahi initiatives, e.g Te Ara Whakatipu

Pou Tuarua – Rangatahi Network

Pou Tuatoru – Empowering tuākana to lead

The first step in the programme involves uniting a group (6-8px) of tuākana (18yrs+) to lead the rangatahi hīkoi. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will support tuākana to connect, upskill and prepare facilitate and guide the hīkoi. Tuākana are the glue that hold the hīkoi together, moving the group between kaupapa, leading reflection sessions, etc. In this way, we empower younger leaders to be role models and represent their hapū.

Pou tuawhā – Rangatahi hīkoi

The rangatahi hīkoi aims to connect rangatahi with hapū, whakapapa and whenua through experiential learning. The focus is on developing personal attributes and the cultural identity of rangatahi within the iwi, developing who they are as an individual as well as an active and proud iwi member.
This hīkoi is four days, for up to 20 rangatahi, aged 15 – 18.
It is designed by Papatipu Rūnanga and facilitated by tuākana.

How to apply

Manawa Hou applications must be sent to us before 4pm, Monday 15th August.

Priority of placement is given to nominations from Papatipu Rūnanga, or to rangatahi who whakapapa to Puketeraki and surrounding areas.

If you are from one of our Papatipu Rūnanga and would like to nominate rangatahi for Manawa Hou, please email with the name and contact number/email of your nominee/nominee’s whānau (so that we can follow up directly).

Alternatively, if you would like to apply for Manawa Hou please complete and send the application and consent form to