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Whānau, it’s time to pick up your paddle and join in the fun!

We are pleased to announce the first wānanga being run this year to support the iwi’s waka tangata project.

Through the wānanga, we hope to help build our capacity in terms of waka and the associated mātauranga Māori, and also provide opportunities to come together and learn more about our Apatanga as we build towards the Tuia 250 commemorations at Meretoto in November.

What: Hoe Kia Rite – Wānanga 1
Where: Rotoiti
When: Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5
Who: Open to all registered iwi members,
although spaces are limited
Cost: Free

Tentative dates for the other wānanga are June 14–16; September 20–22; and October 25–27. Tuia 250 commemorations will take place the week of November 20–23.

We’re keen for people from all walks of life, of all ages and from all over the country to join us. If you have experience with waka or boating that’s cool – if you have no experience but want to join in and learn, that’s cool too. It’s not compulsory that you come to all four wānanga in the series, but it is important to note that we are looking for a dedicated crew to help see this kaupapa through to the end of the year.

So how about it, are you keen?

To register, give us a call on 0800 578 900 or email Please note that registrations need be in by April 26. Travel assistance may be available to iwi members living outside of the rohe – get in touch to find out more.

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