We recently held the third of our four Whakapapa Wānanga. The day started with our whānau introducing themselves and reciting their pepeha and connections to the hapū of Ngāti Rangitihi. This was a great way to kick things off, especially as we had whānau who were joining us for the first time.
Following a kapu tī, the wānanga broke into groups and our facilitators Anthony Olsen, Kerry Tawhio and Donna Semmens used their knowledge to connect whānau to their whakapapa. For some of those whānau it was an eye-opening experience. One of our kuia spent the morning with her niece but it wasn’t until halfway through the whakapapa session they realised they were actually whānau!
After lunch, the wānanga moved outside to hear from Anthony and Trustee Tipene Marr about the kōrero behind some of our significant landmarks.
An awesome day was had by all. Tau kē whānau. E tū Ngāti Rangitihi e!