Whānau finds a future through Tū Taua
Tauira (Student) Certificate in Tū Taua
Thanks to the Tū Taua programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Hori MetuaMate has gained another taonga for his kete of knowledge.
For the father of five and many whāngai tamariki, the certificate qualification in traditional Māori martial arts ticks many boxes.
“My main goal was to extend my reo and to keep fit” he explains.
“Not only has Tū Taua given me these tools, Tū Taua has also inspired my two sons, aged 23 and 21, as well as my daughter aged 20, and nephew who are also enrolled on the course with me. It’s about getting them involved as well, and looking at the holistic side of it, which in turn upholds the mana of our whānau, hapū and iwi.”
With strong whakapapa connections to Ngāti Kauwhata ki Ōroua, Ngāti Haua ki Rukumoana and Mangaiaki Rarotonga, Hori says travelling to train in Te Papaiōea campus from his Feilding home has been a rewarding commitment.
“It’s been awesome with the kids, we bounce off each other and help each other out, especially with strengthening our mind, bodies and spirit as well. It keeps us focused and opens up to Te Ao Māori with what’s out there for them, especially the awesome learning side of it.”
So much so, the agricultural/pastoral and cropping specialist is into his second year at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and is now considering a more advanced learning experience.
“It’s such a wealth of knowledge; I wanted more so I just carried on. I love the learning side of it and the health side too. Helping our rangatahi in whatever endeavours they have, to guide and support them, to reach their path in their journey.”
Hori says that having tikanga and kawa has taught him the elements of Tūmatauenga and has shown him not only how to analyse the warrior side of humanity but its peaceful duality role along side Rongomatane.
“You can’t have one without the other, the importance is having balance” he says.
“In Tū Taua, there are also a lot of opportunities with wider iwi networks we can set up. It’s been more than what I expected.”
Hori is appreciative and grateful to their Pouako (Tutor) “for his speciality and knowledge in te whare Tū Taua and te Ao Māori, which has given my whānau extra tools to guide them on their journey through life. It has been passed down to us, it is a taonga that is there for us to uphold and learn, so it is kept alive for our future generations to come.”
‘E hara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini’
(My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective.)