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Takahia Te Whenua 2017 – Rangitoto

Takahia Te Whenua 2017 – Rangitoto

Mauri ora ki te iwi

Takahia te Whenua means to ‘trample the land’. It is a tradition that has been passed down through the generations. Ngāti Koata tūpuna travelled throughout Te Tauihu to cement the boundaries of the tuku.

Takahia te Whenua 2017 is a wānanga reo aimed at ‘next generation kaumātua’ of Ngāti Koatatanga. The primary focus is to strengthen and increase capabilities of our roles and responsibilities for Ngāti Koata.

We will be walking in the footsteps of our tūpuna, visiting sites of significance on Rangitoto, learning kōrero tuku iho, mōteatea, enhancing te reo Māori, whakapapa, and kaitiakitanga.


Takahia te Whenua is from Friday 17 – Monday 20 March.


Please read all the information below, fill in the registration form, and return by Tuesday 28 February to Ammon Kātene at Ngāti Koata Trust:

Email: ammon@ngatikoata.com

Post:  PO Box 1659, Nelson 7010

Phone: (03) 5481639


The aims of Takahia Te Whenua:

  • To instill in our whānau a sense of belonging to their whenua, and a knowledge of the places, the reo and whakapapa that connect them to their tūpuna
  • To capture Ngāti Koata names, whakapapa and stories about the people and events associated with Rangitoto
  • To increase te reo Māori proficiency among participants by providing a greater understanding of their whakapapa and whenua
  • To provide an experience that will increase the knowledge base of participoants for use on the marae in whaikōrero, karanga and waiata
  • To provide a platform for our kaumātua to teach their reo and knowledge
  • To provide our researchers with an opportunity to learn kupu Ngāti Koata from our kaumātua
  • To provide our researchers with material to produce films featuring our kaumātua, our reo and our places, and Ngāti Koata-specific dictionaries and memoirs for posterity
  • To implement te reo Māori successional planning for the next generation of Ngāti Koata kaumātua.


Please be aware that:

  • We will write and/or email all applicants to inform you whether your application was successful or not. There is limited space for accommodation, and we have limited funding for a set amount of participants, unfortunately we can not take the entire iwi.
  • Applicants must be Ngāti Koata.
  • Participants will be involved in physical activity.
  • Priority will be given to those who have at least a limited knowledge of te reo Māori.
  • Participants will need to organise their own transport if they are coming from outside of Whakatū.
  • This wānanga is for adults.
  • There is no charge for Takahia Te Whenua but, as always, koha is welcome.
  • Takahia Te Whenua is not a sightseeing tour, nor a fishing trip. We will be on a wānanga. Please be aware that you are not coming to Rangitoto for a holiday.
  • Filming will take place during the wānanga, you will more than likely be filmed and/or recorded.
  • Safety is a priority. We are all responsible for each other. We want all participants to be safe physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Bring your laughing caps, your humble pie, and your sense of adventure.


Process for chosing participants:

We aim to have an open and fair process on how participants will be chosen. The Coordinators, the Cultural Manager, and Kaumātua representatives will decide as per the criteria as follows:

  • Has te reo Māori ability
  • Is Ngāti Koata
  • Has ability to participate in activities
  • Has past involvement in Ngāti Koata kaupapa
  • Has an understanding of Ngāti Koata tikanga, kawa, mātauranga
  • Is able to contribute to kōrero
  • Has been identified as a future contributor to Ngāti Koatatanga (paepae)


Nā Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori te pūtea tautoko mō tēnei wānanga. Ngā mihi ki ā rātou.

Takahia Te Whenua has been made possible with the generous support of The Māori Language Commission.


Click on the buttons below for the registration form and the draft programme

Registration Form Programme



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