Diving into Mana Rangatahi (Waitematā: Tāmaki-makau-rau)

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Tumoana Tikanga Dive Programme

Waitematā : Tāmaki-makau-rau

Set in the Waitematā, Tāmaki-makau-rau, he Tumoana Tīkanga Dive Programme is reconnecting rangatahi with their environment, their whānau and themselves by implementing a “mana rangatahi” approach to learning.

Tumoana Tikanga utilises whakapapa to highlight the importance of whānau, hapū and iwi for rangatahi.   This programme acknowledges and reinforces mana and mana rangatahi, through a strengths focused approach to learning.

Strengthening whānau bonds is one of the products of this programme as the group progresses through a process of mahi tahi (working together) with parents, whānau and culture.  Through ongoing reinforcement activities, the rangatahi involved, as well as their whānanu, are uplifted through a tīkanga Māori practice.

Over the duration of this programme, Rangatahi experience many things that encourage them to grow and develop in many ways.  The 12 modules of the programme explore a wide range of aspects related to the moana, including Māori (customary methods) pertaining to gathering, fishing and diving for kaimoana.    The variety of activities enhance the motor skills and decision making skills of the rangatahi through active participation.

Learning about safety and correct procedures for diving is an important aspect of the programme that is reinforced across all modules.  This includes karakia and  practicing kaitiakitanga with the moana through to being able to identify when there is trouble near the water and knowing what to implement, or what strategy should be used to deal with the risky situations.

Tumoana tikanga empower rangatahi to take ownership over their own well-being.   Through learning skills and the customary knowledge and methods pertaining to kaimoana,  rangatahi are guided to understand how these skills can be transferred and implemented when faced with other challenging situations in their every day life.

 Organisation:  Te Korowai Āriki Ltd

*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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