Te Kohanga Ote Whenua Hou offers Maori community based activities and programs to build & support healthy whanau, promote cultural connection, support tamariki & rangatahi, encourage healthy relationships and community participation. All programs cost $3 per child per week and healthy kai to share. There is also an annual one off registration fee of $20. This is paid each year regardless of how many children you have.
All programs encourage participants to learn culture; develop identity; sustain healthy lifestyles; connect to community; build healthy whanau; support tamariki & rangatahi and encourage healthy relationships. Te Kohanga ote whenua hou achieves these through the following activities:
– KOHANGA PLAYGROUP: every Monday from 9.30am Te Kohanga ote whenua hou volunteer kaiako and kaiawhina provide a Maori style playgroup focusing on te reo, waiata and tikanga maori for tamariki and their whanau. Cost is $3 per child each week and healthy kai to share.;
– TAMARIKI KOHANGA: Saturday program for Primary school aged tamariki. Lesson areas cover te reo, kapahaka, toi mahi & taonga takaro. The kaupapa is “one thing’ so only one learning is added each week to each lesson area. Tamariki learn pepeha, mihi, tikanga and whanaungatanga during the program. Kai time encourages healthy food, particularly homemade kai and kai maori. Tamariki Kohanga meets at the whare every Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Cost is $3 per child. Tamariki Kohanga is a promotion and prevention program that builds resilience and promotes healthy whanau through community connection, cultural identity development and whanau ora.
– RANGATAHI KOHANGA: Rangatahi Kohanga- for 11 to 16 yo – teaches Maori language, art, and dance as well as active and healthy lifestyles through traditional games and sports. Participants will learn cultural development; identity; leadership; self-discipline and empowerment in an inclusive, nurturing and culturally safe environment. In addition participants will learn about healthy lifestyles and relationships, sexual health, gender empowerment and responsible relationships. Rangatahi Kohanga is a program has been developed as an early intervention and prevention program for young people and is open to all. However Rangatahi Kohanga has a special focus on young people at risk of disengaging from school. Cost is $3 per participant and healthy kai to share. Rangatahi Kohanga runs every Friday evening during school term from 6pm to 8.30pm. Kai is at 5.15pm
– ALL OF OUR TAMARIKI; RANGATAHI and PEPE
– WANANGA: 3-4 times a year, Te Kohanga volunteers run wananga (maori learning environments) teaching various elements of Maori culture and life, including, mahi toi (arts/craft); kapahaka; te reo; whanau ora; matauranga maori The focus is on bringing our whanau together to learn in a Maori context, and to create opportunities to develop cultural practices and traditions such as powhiri, whaikorero, hui and whakawhanaungatanga. Te Kohanga ote whenua hou takes a strong promotion and prevention approach in wananga to building community connection, promoting healthy whanau relations, supporting and encouraging tamariki and rangatahi, as well as providing a Maori approach to health & wellbeing.