Whā­nau finds a fu­ture through Tū Taua


Hori Me­t­ua­mate

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.)

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