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Paepae for Dummies 101 

The basics of the Paepae according to Waioturi


Consultation with pā and survey information from 2008 informed Te Kaahui o Rauru to, “Fix my reo, fix my marae and fix my pocket!”  11 years later and my observation has been our reo is still not a priority for our people otherwise our paepae numbers would have increased.  Rather than dwell on the past, let’s just remedy the problem!


In 2011 we had 16 native reo speakers and by 2016 we had lost 11 of these unique people.  We implemented pockets of learning and we wish to acknowledge, Ruta Broughton, who is a champion of our language and concur with her statement, “The cuisenaire rods method can teach all levels of the Māori language.”  I am a testament to this and have adpoted the Te Ataarangi principles of teaching.


From a Waioturi perspective, we need to stop relying on our Iwi organisations to revitalise our language and repopulate our paepae.  That is not their core business and they are not the mouth pieces or living museum’s of Waioturi rich history.  We can however request resources that supports our vision, “Whāngaia te iwi!”

Paepae for Dummies 101 came about from the increased activities happening at Waioturi.  We have identified that our human resources for the paepae are stretched and the most sensible idea was to train our people in pōwhiri process.  This will ensure Waioturi cultural practices are kept intact 24/7 and the mana of our manuhiri is well catered for.

Paepae for Dummies 101 is a programme that spoon feeds our people the basic fundamentals of a pōwhiri.  It has an open door policy and the principles of Te Ataarangi enshrine our learning. We have borrowed Che Wilson’s and the Whanganui matriarch Te Manawa Pauro’s format for pōwhiri.  We are trialing the desire at present and have completed our first hui in April.  Our next two hui will be held at Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngāti Ruanui on Saturday May 11 and June 8 2019 – 11.00am to 2.00pm.  We will review the outcomes after June 8.  Stay tuned to Te Waioturi Pā Facebook page for further updates.

Article written by: Archie Hurunui