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Journey retraces ancestors’ footprints


Learning history, whakapapa and working with others are just some of the benefits rangatahi experience on the Te Arawa Journey.

The outdoor pursuits and life skills journey open to all rangatahi aged 10 to 15, is run by Te Waiariki Purea Trust. Held over six consecutive weekends, young people retrace the footprints of Tamatekapua, Ngatoroirangi and Ihenga, chiefs of the Te Arawa waka.

Previous activities have included catching kai, walking at Rainbow Mountain and paddling on Lake Taupo to see the Māori carvings.

On completion of the programme, whānau are invited to celebrate the successes of their children.

  • Registrations are now open for the upcoming Te Arawa Journey starting from February 9. To enrol, ring Te Waiariki Purea Trust on 0800 884 7782.

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