Kawa Marae Youth Program

Kawa Marae Taiohi Tū Māia Program will run fortnightly on Sundays from 10am – 3pm. This may however change, due to weather in the winter months. A Panui will be put up on Barrier Chitchat fortnightly (a week prior) to advise of activities, any date changes, location, and any other information we need to provide.

The ages for this program are 10yrs to 18yrs old. Children under 10 are most welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

As we have limited transportation, we ask, if possible, to please drop off and pick up, your Taiohi/Tamariki at the location of their chosen activity. 

Kai will be provided, (unless your child has severe food allergies). Your Taiohi/Tamariki must bring their own snacks and drink bottles. Hats and sunscreen are also essential. 

May 12 & May 26

June 9 & June 23

July 7 & July 21

Booking contact details

Phone or Text: 027 525 8802

Email: nancy.kawamarae@gmail.com or through Facebook messenger at Nancy Tait

Registration is required prior to attendance. 

We hope to see you there!

16 April 2024 

Activity: Arts and Crafts at Kawa Marae

This activity will be based at Kawa Marae to give the participants a chance to settle into the program and get to know each other. It is based around the idea of whakawhnaungatanga the building of relationships. We have plenty of arts and crafts supplies to keep everyone entertained. Inside arts and crafts will be painting and working with colour chats and what each colour represents. It is also an opportunity to connect to our houora (wellbeing) through creative expression and colour. Outside arts will be sand sculptures, connecting to the whenau and using natural elements to create.  There will be a chance to take a dip in the moana (ocean) as it will be lovely weather. 

Lunch will be provided however please bring appropriate clothing/ swimwear/water bottle and snacks.

17 April 2024 

Activity: Beach Day out at Medlands Twin Pines

While the sun is shining for us let’s take advantage of the last of the summer days. This activity is based on connecting to the Moana. We will have skim boards, volleyball, cricket, and other beach games. Please note you are more than welcome to bring your own surfboard or boogieboard if you can sort it out with your driver or if you’re getting dropped off. 

Again, lunch will be provided but please bring the appropriate gear for the activity. Plenty of water, sunblock, towel, warm clothes, and snacks. 

18 April 2024

Activity: Pipi and cockle hunting at Whangapoa Estuary

The kaupapa for this activity is to connect to the moana and develop an understanding and appreciation of gathering kaimoana. It is a great sensory activity and wonderful for maintaining houora (wellbeing). We are also taking advantage of what we have left of the warmer season.

Lunch will be provided. Please bring the appropriate gear for this activity. Plenty of water, sunblock, towel, warm clothes, snacks and most importantly a bucket to collect your kaimoana. Low tide is 9am so we should be good for a few hrs of gathering. 

19 April 2024

Activity: Cooking and Baking (how to make the best fried bread in town)

This activity will be held at Kawa Marae as we make use of the large commercial kitchen. What better way to end the week than with a good kai. Wrapping up the first week we will reflect on the day’s as we create and play in the kitchen. A kitchen environment can be an amazing place for creativity, communication, and teamwork to be executed. It can also spark potential employment interests for some as they feel out the kaupapa. 

Words by Kawa Marae Taiohi Tū Māia Program Organizers, Nancy Tait & Michelle Thompson