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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.;

Our pepe "yellow shirts" before the show

Our pepe “yellow shirts” before the show

Yellow shirts

Yellow shirts

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.

Our Tamariki "red shirts" before the show

Our Tamariki “red shirts” before the show

All of our red shirts

All of our red shirts

 – 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

Our rangatahi

Our rangatahi

Nga rangatahi

Nga rangatahi

All of our blue shirts

All of our blue shirts

Our rangatahi "blue shirts" before the show

Our rangatahi “blue shirts” before the show

– ALL OF OUR TAMARIKI; RANGATAHI and PEPE

Whanau kotahi tatou

Whanau kotahi tatou

All of our tamariki after the show

All of our tamariki after the show

Most of our performers before the show!

Most of our performers before the show!

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.

Whanau at our Easter wananga 2013

Whanau at our Easter wananga 2013

TAKAHIA WHAKAMUA PUUTAHI: Takahia whakamua Puutahi is an intervention program teaching Maori language, arts, dance and protocol, from within a Maori learning environment, to young people in youth detention centres. Takahia is currently run by Te Kohanga Ote Whenua Hou at the Brisbane Youth Detention centre and has been operational in youth detention since 1996. Similar programs have also been run in the community with young people, including within schools. Takahia also provides post detention supports to rangatahi exiting detention and their whanau.

Takahia whakamua Puutahi. Christmas at youth detention
Takahia whakamua Puutahi. Christmas at youth detention

MAORI CULTURAL IMMERSION: Te Kohanga ote whenua hou has developed “He whakamarama”: an explanation of Maori culture. This cultural learning package teaches participants about Maori culture, tikanga, social and customary life, as well as about the Maori community in Queensland and Australia. He whakamarama uses a multimodal experiential learning approach that can be adapted to any setting or context and with any age range, group or level of learning. Te Kohanga has delivered this program in pre-schools and kindergartens; to professional staff in youth justice and Child Safety; in community centres to local neighbourhoods and in primary and high schools.For more information send us an email.

He whakamarama team
He whakamarama team

COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING: Te Kohanga ote whenua hou engages in strategic development for Maori in Queensland, to assist in the building and strengthening of Maori community capacity; to promote a kaupapa Maori approach to working with Maori, and to advocate to Federal, State and Local Government, Non Government Organisations and community stakeholders for Maori community responses.
Response to Qld draft PI policy
Maori in Australia

Te Kohanga ote whenua hou is located in North Brisbane @ Lot 5 Delaware St, Geebung.

For more information on our activities and programs you can email us on tewhenuahou@gmail.com

Our organisation is made of volunteers

FUTURE PROGRAMS

– Te Kohanga ote whenua hou is exploring Maori oriented & based programs offering prevention & intervention to whanau, tamariki and rangatahi in a range of areas including domestic violence; education; suicide prevention; vocational training and mental health; in order to provide Maori driven programs and activities for Maori in Qld.

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