Reconnecting with Whānau, Tupuna and Whakapapa while Singing, Laughing, and Playing (Greymouth: West Coast).

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Pā Wars Whānau Wānanga

Mawhera: West Coast
Kia rite!  He wānanga whakataetae-ā-Pā e haere ake nei.
The Pā Wars Whānau Wānanga is a place where both culture and whakapapa thrive.  Through singing, laughing, and playing, as their ancestors did before them, the Pā Wars Wānanga provide a pathway for whānau to reconnect to one another.
Led by Te Tai Poutini, for Māori Suicide Prevention, the Pā Wars Whānau Wānanga are a co-ordinated and co-operative approach to activities with a wellness focus within the community.
Pā Wars Wānanga are weekend wānanga, held at marae across Te Tai Poutini.  The wānanga are designed to provide positive ways to build wellness through various activities while supporting whānau to reconnect to where they are from.   Through strengthening whānau links to local pepeha, the Pā Wars wānanga bring whānau together to uplift the mana of every person.
As a competitive weekend of marae games and sport, the Pā Wars is a drawcard to engage with whānau in a fun and interactive way.  This approach is especially favourable for working with our Tāne Māori, who often prefer to interact in a more physical way and can develop strong friendships and support systems through sport and light competition.
Key speakers, utilised for their specialist knowledge in different areas are brought in to present at wānanga, to enhance local knowledge and share information about activities that promote wellness.
Event activities are underpinned by Te Whare Tapa Whā and Mātauranga Māori and how these aspects foster wellness, connectedness and build resilience.   Emphasis is placed on the value of networks, social supports, healthy relationships and cultural identity to promote a strong sense of identity, improve support and maintain wellness.

Organisation: Poutini Waiora

*This community initiative is proudly supported by Te Au (and Te Rau Ora) through the Māori Suicide Prevention Fund (2020-2021)

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