High school project

Manaaki whenua. Manaaki tangata. Haere whakamua.

Care for the land. Care for the people. Move forward together.

We are Kiriataahua and Gabriella, two rangatahi co-ordinators at the Auckland Women’s Centre. Our rangatahi engagement project, Tuia Te Papa, centres hauora (wellbeing) and manaakitanga (empowerment and support) in facilitating wānanga with rangatahi. This kaupapa developed out of lockdown last year, recognising the complex and sometimes difficult worlds that our rangatahi navigate and the importance of prioritising hauora, as recognised through Te Ao Māori. Tuia Te Papa uses stories and knowledge passed down from our ancestors, especially our wāhine toa, to remind rangatahi of the mana and skills they possess in striving for justice and empowerment. 


Our kaupapa is based upon a tuakana teina relationship with the rangatahi we work with, reminding them of the mana and mātauranga they already carry. In building relationships through manaakitanga, our wānanga in schools aims to empower kōrero around hauora with practical and powerful strategies rooted in Te Ao Māori, supporting healthier futures for our rangatahi. Whilst Tuia Te Papa may have specific relevance to rangatahi Māori, we believe that these kōrero are important for all to engage with, given that this is Aotearoa and Mātauranga Māori is essential to the whenua which nurtures us. 

If you are interested in bringing this kaupapa into your school or rangatahi space, please get in contact with our rangatahi coordinators via the emails below!