Hikoi through the Wairau Lagoons with Springlands School.

Hikoi through the Wairau Lagoons with Springlands School.

Sharing our kōrero with the community.

This week Ngā Pakiaka o Te Morehu o Te Whenua Trust  in Wairau/Blenheim has guided 150 local primary school students through the Wairau Lagoons to share with them some of the wonderful pūrākau and traditional kōrero of the area.

Their three day lagoon hikoi saw them reach that point and their kaitiaki are now proudly demonstrating these taonga with the wider community. They believe that by doing so, allows everyone to enjoy our connection to the land, promoting its appreciation and protection for future generations.

Organisers Sue Parish, Keelan Walker and Dr Pete Meihana are thrilled with the significant milestone and achievement they have reached after starting their initiative last year.  Their goal has been to grow the traditional knowledge of the Ahi Kaa whānau in the Wairau so that they could operate confidently as kaitiaki of their whenua and their local heritage.

They have been supported by Lewis Smith who assisted with guiding the lagoon hikoi. Lewis and his whānau have been regular attendees and contributors to the wānanga over the last 18 months. He has emerged as a passionate and competent kaitiaki and in the recent hikoi he was their leading guide on the lagoon hikoi.

Check out the images from the day in our gallery.

Related resources and articles.

Te Putahitanga Article

Our facebook page article covering the day’s event

Keelan Walker’s blog post about the day