Every two years all 6 regional Te Ora Hou centres converge to participate in Tautoko. The event is run over 5 days and provides a great opportunity for rangatahi from around New Zealand to meet new people, participate in kapa haka, weaving, sports, music, art and many other challenging activites. Hastings Te Ora Hou hosted the event this year, and over 170 rangatahi showed up at the event.
Tautoko also provides a great variety of cultural workshops for youth to learn mau rākau, weaving, haka and waiata. Other workshops included dance, grafitti art,making a hangi and zumba. Feedback from our young people was that they enjoyed trying something new, and that they would consider participating in similar activities back in their own communities.
Our sports day started of with an Iron Māori Triathlon competition. Most of the youth had never competed in a triathlon before so trying some new sports that differ from the normal rugby and netball was great. Other sports games through out the day included Ki o Rahi, Basketball and the Northland Games.
Hakari (Feast) Prep
Feeding over 170 hungry young people takes a lot of preparation. Our group were sentenced to help with the stuffing, and it required all hands on deck to
get through the 50 loaves of bread. Youth also had the option to learn how prepare and cook a hangi. The hakari on Friday night was a success.
Through out the week youth learnt a Flash Mob Dance which was performed at Splash Planet. See the video below