Tikanga Māori Services

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Our Tikanga Māori Services were established in 2002 to provide individuals and organisations with an understanding of the values and concepts of Whānaungatanga that are the foundation of traditional Māori whānau and society.

Our Tikanga Māori Services were established in 2002 to provide individuals and organisations with an understanding of the values and concepts of Whānaungatanga that are the foundation of traditional Māori whānau and society.

These values and concepts were learnt from many Tribal areas and Kaumatua/Kuia throughout Aotearoa and eventuated in a Tikanga Māori programme of learning sessions and associated resources/services designed to assist Māori residing in the wider Canterbury Takiwa to identify personal Whakapapa/history and create links (designed to enhance whānau development by focussing on aspects of whaikōrero, te reo and personal whānau history).

This platform introduces participants to traditional Whānaungatanga concepts to adopt into everyday life while enhancing Māori cultural perspectives.

The resulting workshops/courses are designed to provide:

  • A universal understanding of the traditional Maori concepts of Whānaungatanga.
  • A practical model for individuals and organisations to apply these concepts and values into their daily lives and activities.

Targets:

  • To provide a platform for Māori to identify personal Whakapapa and create links for enhancing whānau development by focusing on aspects of whaikōrero, Te Reo and personal whānau history.
  • To introduce disconnected Maori to Whānaukataka concepts to adopt into everyday life.
  • To encourage the use of the concepts into the lives of disconnected Māori over the period of the project.
  • To utilise the professional services of Ngāi Tahu presenters and acknowledged Kaumatua.

 

Outcomes:

  • Participants are expected to have a greater self awareness of themselves and their origins through the adoption of essential Māori cultural perspectives, Tikanga, and Kawa, into their existing lifestyle.
  • To be able to pass on these perspectives, new skills, and new hope to whānau, rangatahi, mokopuna, and extended whānau.
  • To enhance their relationships with Maori and others in their particular communities.
  • That disconnected Māori will learn to use and apply the following Tikanga Māori concepts in their personal and professional activities:

WHANAUKATAKA
Identifying the Value of Relationships
WHAKAKAPI TURANGA:
Determining Roles and Responsibilities
TAPU:
Enhancing Self-Worth and Wellbeing
MANA:
Maintaining Personal Power and Authority
PONO TIKA AROHA:
Making Values-Based Decisions
NOA:
Recognising Different States of Wellbeing
HOHOU RONGO:
Managing Conflict Resolution
TE WA:
Achieving Outcomes and Goals in Life.

 

Other Outcomes:

  • Increased employability.
  • Educational progress.
  • Participation in economic development.
  • Stronger whānau groups.
  • Increased national identity.
  • Higher income.
  • Reduced offending rates.

 

Measuring Success:

We know our Tikanga Māori programs are successful when the participants have adopted facets of the whānaungatanga into their personal and professional lives and have used these towards advancing their personal development, both in a cultural and practical sense. This can be seen through the many aspects of the individual person’s life, including enhancing their income potential, their education and health outcomes their whānau perspectives, and their cultural identity.