Possible future leaders of Ngai Tahu have been learning more
about their iwi, its history and its customs on Otago
Peninsula this week.
''There are several who are clearly going to be leaders
within the community in future decades,'' Sir Tipene O'Regan
For the first time, Ngai Tahu's youth leadership development
programme, Manawa Hou, is based at Otakou Marae.
About 20 year 11-13 pupils, plus younger children from
Otakou, have been taking part in a programme designed to give
them an opportunity to explore their Ngai Tahu identity.
Sir Tipene, visiting the marae to speak to the programme's
participants, said Manawa Hou was one of three programmes
Ngai Tahu ran aimed at developing human capital.
One was directed at young Ngai Tahu company directors to
inform them about the iwi's culture and heritage.
Another involved an Outward Bound-type experience with a
''heavy dose'' of Ngai Tahu content, with 20% of its
participants not Ngai Tahu, to build personal rather than
institutional relationships, he said.
Manawa Hou helped young people learn where they were from, as
well as learn marae disciplines and customs.
It was not possible to train people to be leaders, but the
iwi could provide an environment in which personal capital
was given the opportunity to develop, he said.
''We want culturally informed, competent and confident
leadership in the future.''
Last night, he passed on some of the iwi's stories and
''It gives an old bloke a sense of continuous relevance.''
For participant Kikhere Aumua-Jahnke (17), of Christchurch,
it was her fourth Manawa Hou.
''It's a good feeling. You learn about the iwi and find out
who you are. It's a lot of fun and you get a lot of awesome
In Dunedin that included gathering clams at Papanui Inlet,
playing traditional Maori games and visiting the Pukekura pa
site at Taiaroa Head.
Programme co-ordinator Paulette Tamati-Eliffe said the group
had also taken part in team-building activities, workshoped
traditional storytelling and would perform plays based on the
stories at the marae.