Funding received from Pan Pac Environmental Trust has given the Ahuriri Hapū an opportunity to enrich the lives of 50 Rangatahi and their whānau through the Whakatipu Kaitiaki (Raising Future Kaitiaki) programme. Rangitahi will learn traditional navigation skills, how to raise native trees and will learn about the importance of pest control and trapping.

The wānanga programme will be delivered by the Ātea a Rangi Educational Trust with the support and help of other providers, in various locations including marae, with four main kaupapa – Ki Tai, Matariki, Whakapapa and Ki Uta.

We are excited to begin the new year with Ki Tai – Waka and Traditional Navigation Skills. Rangatahi will experience a safe, fun, cultural experience that includes:

  • sailing and maintenance of Te Matau a Māui Waka and Waka Taurua
  • traditional navigation skills and Kahungunu waka history
  • learning the names and parts of the waka in English and Te Reo Māori
  • gaining water safety knowledge and water safety skills
  • learning about tides, weather, cloud formations and the wind.


Pictured: Traditional navigation skills.


For further information about the Trust and what projects might be suitable for funding, please contact: