WDHB and Healthy Families Whanganui to host Nga Taonga Takaro Wananga

7 November 2016

Teachers and community members taking part in traditional Maori games hosted by Te Kura O Kokohuia.
Next month will see Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) and Healthy Families Whanganui Rangitīkei Ruapehu jointly hosting Ngā Taonga Tākaro Wānanga (traditional Māori games) for teachers, whānau and health professionals interested in lifting their knowledge about the games and the benefits that participants derive from them.
WDHB health promoter Desiree McLean says positive feedback from two previous Ngā Taonga Tākaro Wānanga held in Whanganui and Taihape have encouraged organisers to hold one more event before Christmas which is set to take place between 4pm and 7pm on 7 December, at Cullinane College.

Teachers and community members listening carefully to instructions at traditional Maori games hosted by Te Kura O kokohuia.

“This wānanga will cover a number of the smaller kemu (games) ideal for ice breakers, team building   (whakawhanaungatanga) as well as an introduction to three or four larger kemu which encourage participation, physical activity, leadership and the revival of Ngā Taonga Tākaro,” Ms McLean says.
“Ngā Taonga Tākaro supports the development of students’ kapa haka skills (in particular poi, patu and mahi rakau) and their confidence as performers.”
Ms McLean says Te Kura O Kokohuia (school) has also identified that Ngā Taonga Tākaro can support their efforts to establish a hakinakina (sports) programme which encourages students to participate in physical activity through traditional Māori games.
The vision for Te Kura O Kokohuia (school) is to encourage other Māori schools to embed Ngā Taonga Tākaro in their school curriculum and inter-school events.
Ms Mclean says what makes Tākaro special to Māori is their whakapapa (genealogy), their connection to te taiao (the environment) and their connection to the ‘world view’ of the tupuna (ancestors) who created them.
Teachers, whanau and health professionals who wish to attend the games are asked to email Ms Mclean at desiree.mclean@wdhb.org.nz or call her on 06 3483417.