Te Ara Whakatipu
A journey of self discovery can manifest itself in many ways, for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi it comes in the form of an eight day hīkoi through the heart of Fiordland in the majestic Whakatipu Waitai – Hollyford Valley. Māui film crew who whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu, were given the opportunity to come on this journey of a lifetime to capture and document short films to showcase insight into the experience that is Te Ara Whakatipu.
This hīkoi provides an opportunity for Ngāi Tahu rangatahi to explore their connection to Ngāi Tahutanga, connection to the natural environment, and connection to themselves within a whānau environment with a group of their peers. A founding belief of Te Ara Whakatipu is that engagement with Te Ao Tūroa (the natural world) enriches connection to place and self. The cultural framework adds a strong platform to connect with iwi and an enhanced a sense of Ngāi Tahutanga.
Delivered by a whānau of experienced facilitators, professional guides and Ngāi Tahu leaders this programme weaves rangatahi outdoor leadership with Ngāi Tahutanga. It was developed by Kara Edwards and Mike Talbot and is funded by the Ngāi Tahu fund. The hīkoi is generously supported by Ngāi Tahu Tourism particularly the Hollyford Track, who enable the use of their lodge, jet boats and wonderful staff. The programme includes a 20km walk in and out of the valley, outdoor bush skills, Te Reo Māori, waiata/haka, whanaungatanga, whakapapa and rongoā. Ngā mihi ki a kōrua i te kaihautū o te kaupapa, ko Kara Tui-Alice Edwards me Kahurangi Mahuika.