Tutemohuta Wananga by Ngatoru Wall, Waitahanui Marae Trust

The three Wananga held so far have been very successful with a large turnout of hapu members, which shows the keen interest of Ngati Tutemohuta to learn.

Waitahanui Marae and Ngati Tutemohuta wish to express our heartfelt thans to you all for considering our application for funding. If it was not for organisations such as yours we would never have had the drive to organise and run successful wananga.

March 2010 wananga

The first wananga outlined the airms and intentions of the wananga. The kaupapa was based around participation on the marae from himene to moteatea, leading into kapa haka and all aspects of waiata performed.

This first wananga started with a whakamoemiti lead by Kaumatua Mataara Wall, 'Uncle Tiger', who outlined what it was about and producing three whakamoemiti for morning, ahihi and whakamutunga. He also gave an explanation of when the appropriate time to use the whakamoemiti was.

This was followed by a series of Ratana himene led by Brenda Wall a member of the Ratana choir. Although many of the tunes were familiar to us it was good to finally put words to the tunes such as Ma te Marie, Te Tokotoru Tapu Ra, Koutou Katoa Ra, Whakarongo ki te kupu and E te Matua i te rangi.

The morning session was invigorating and most enjoyable was seeing the smile on Uncle Tiger's face.

The rest of the morning session took us into moteatea where we concentrated on our national anthem E Pa To Hau, followed by another , Ka eke ki Wairaka and Taku Rakau e, Tuhoe's national anthem.  It was explained that it was better to be prepared and know another iwi's waiata in case you get caught out if they sing your waiata.

After lunch Kenneth Wall took us through the songs which on occasion we sing in Hinearo when we entertain manuhiri, It was good revision for those of us that know the songs and a good opportunity to teach whanau who had never performed  our songs before.

The success of the wananga was celebrated with a hangi for dinner and after dinner there was another session of waiata.

April 2010 wananga

Kaumatua Mataara Wall began the wananga with a set of marae tikanga or ture where each point was talked about in depth.  Many questions were asked regarding all aspects of the marae, many dispelling myths of what we thought was tikanga, but we now know was just superstition. 

Those attending also learned that the tikanga has evolved over time and that the things of old that were done then are no longer done now. The whole wananga was empowering and gave us,  as the marae people, a better understanding of what the marae kaupapa, the tikanga and being Ngati Tutemohuta was all about.

Following the wananga we went through the preliminary plans for the marae, taking advantage of all the ringawera that were in attendance at the wananga. The new plans for the marae are an exciting time for the Tutemohuta people and the marae, and it gives us something exciting to live for and be proud of.

After tea we went through a few waiata out of the song books, continuing to bring back our songs of old and teach them all to our children and adults.  Since holding the first Wananga in the beginning of March we have continued to learn our waiata once a week and are still going strong today with our numbers increasing every week. 

Our whole day was exhilarating, full of enjoyment, laughter and a lot of learning for us.  For many who attended it was revision, but for many it was another learning experience. 

In all the Wananga was another great success.

May wananga 2010

I am very pleased to write this our third report, and regarding our latest wananga held. The kaupapa of this wananga was based around whaikorero and karanga with our main focus being those of us who wished to do either role, having the courage first and foremost to stand on the marae.

The morning session began with us all coming together and going through the process of whaikorero including Tikanga customs. Uncle Tiger explained the roles of the male in whaikorero and the reason why females do not whaikorero. He also went through the process of the whaikorero outlining what the speaker would say both as manuhiri and tangata whenua. This was most enlightening for us all, especially those men who currently do whaikorero on marae, filling their kete with more knowledge.

Uncle Tiger also took the wahine through the karanga and all aspects of it. The wahine were given a list of karanga to do in any given situation, which is a blessing to us as kaikaranga giving us an even greater hand up to be able to take over our marae in the future.

Those attending were split into two groups with the men practising their whaikorero for the mock powhiri in the afternoon. The women who wished to karanga went outside to practice while the others leatn our waiata, tautoko, Ma Wai Ra.

After lunch the group was s;plit into two groups one representing the manuhiri and one representing the tangata whenua. We had 3 speakers for each side and three kaikaranga and away we went with the karanga echoing on the marae and the men standing staunch to do their craft.

Uncle Tiger sat on the marae observing and taking notes to report back after the powhiri. We were all very proud of each and every one of the powhiri participantsand could feel the positives of the day.

Overall our wananga was another great success and an enlightenment of our cultural values, customs, traditions, those very things that make us unique as Maori, as Tuwharetoa, as Tutemohuta.


Whakatauāki:   English

Wārea te one tapu,

Ka hura tangata a uta, me tiakina atu ki tangata a tai, Ka hura tangata a tai, me tiakina atu ki tangata a uta. Kia oti ake te mahara ma te taiao mo ake tonu atu.

Clear the sacred pathway,

And let those who care for the hinterland, be as one with those who reside by the seaside. Let those who care for the seaside, be of one thought with those of the hinterland, only then will the care of the environment be secured forever.