Atua Matua ki Wāiwhetu: Te Waha Kōrero (2 Nov-4 Nov)
Join us for two days of adventure whilst mountain biking in the footsteps of our ancestors. Experience the majesty of this beautiful rohe while learning its rich history from the engaging and knowledgeable, Dr. Ihirangi Heke and locals Kura Moeahu and Tautoko Ratu who will be leading us through the Rimutaka mountain bike trail. Although many locations along the trail have Pākeha names, we’ll be using mōteatea as a means of exploring and connecting with the original Māori place names and events. Moving with Mōteatea is an exciting opportunity to connect and engage with whakapapa and korero tuku iho through mōteatea. While we’re exploring the trail, we will have an opportunity to camp in the style of our tupuna along the South Wairarapa coast.
If you’re driving or flying into Wellington, you will have heaps of time to get to Waiwhetu marae. Our pōwhiri will start at 5pm followed by a hikoi, dinner, and whakawhanaungatanga. We will be spending the night at the marae.
Our biking adventure starts early Thursday morning starting from Waiwhetu Marae. We’ll be setting up camp after our bike ride and making dinner over a campfire, tupuna styles.
After breakfast, we will be heading back to Te Upoko o Te Ika along the coastal terrain of Mukamukaiti, Turakirae, and finishing at Muritai. This will be a half day ride, and we’ll be expecting to arrive back at Waiwhetu Marae around 3pm.
This will be a weekday event from Wednesday afternoon to Friday, so yes, you’ll need to ask your boss if you can get out of the office for a few days for a unique professional development opportunity. Register soon as this wānanga is limited to only 25 participants.