04 Apr Our Toi Ako Webinar so far for 2023
Ahakoa ngā tini āhuatanga o tēnei kaupeka o te tau, he nui tonu ngā kaupapa i rewa puta noa i te motu, koia rā te pai o te ipurangi, he whakamāmā i ngā whakaritenga ki ngā kaupapa. Ko tētahi o ērā waimarietanga, ko ngā huinga Toi Ako i whakahaeretia mā runga huitopa. E rua ngā Toi Ako i tutuki i a Toi Tangata i tēnei kaupeka, ko te tuatahi ko te kaupapa ‘Kia Hīanga’ i horahia e Nikki Penetito-Hemara, ko te tuarua, ko ‘Te Kapa Haka – Te Ara Hauora mā Ngāi Māori’, ā, ko ngā manukura tonu o Ngā Tūmanako tonu ngā pūkōrero, ko Mārama Jones rāua ko Kawariki Morgan.
Our first webinar hosted in January was with an uri of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whakatōhea, Nikki Penetitio-Hemara. She has dedicated much of her professional career to leading multidisciplinary teams of people in health and education. With a particular passion for social innovation and systems change, she enjoys zoning in on opportunities to create positive impact for Māori, and we were privileged to have Nikki share one of those initiatives ‘Kia Hīanga’. Kia Hīanga is the Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa Play Plan 2022-2025 which sets out their bicultural vision for play in Aotearoa New Zealand, with the focus on play for tamariki 5–12 years of age in a bicultural context.
Kia Hīanga includes a series of actions that Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa has committed to, to improve the quality of experiences, opportunities and support for play and further develop the Aotearoa Play System. Sport NZ believes a strong bicultural foundation is critical to Aotearoa New Zealand’s national identity and well-being, therefore Kia Hīanga uses Māui Hīanga as the foundational framework to give shape, reason and rationale to our commitments and actions. Nikki’s kōrero was vibrant and engaging as she shared the kaupapa with us. Watch Nikki here.
The second of our webinars was presented by kapa haka exponents, Mārama Jones (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga) and Kawariki Morgan (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine, Te Whānau a Apanui) who have played crucial roles in the very successful kapa, Ngā Tūmanako. They shared with us the impacts kapa haka has had on their hauora, highlighting the breadth and depth of this cultural practice. There was high interest from attendees regarding support for rōpū haka within schools, indicating the demand and growth of kapa haka in the younger generation. We were very fortunate to have such experienced champions of this thriving practice share some of their wisdom with us all. Watch it here.
Watch this space as we announce our upcoming Toi Ako webinars!