Te Aho Paihere was formed in 2015 by Manawa Enterprises tutors and owners, Kopua Waititi and Ana Pene. Kopua and Ana have been working together on their whānau business, Manawa Enterprises, teaching kaupapa Māori and kapa haka in primary schools of Dunedin, NZ, since 2010.
When Manawa Enterprises was first established a goal was set to form a group that would support the tamariki and whānau who were eager to continue learning in kaupapa Māori settings. The group of about 20 tamariki age 10-13, bonded instantly through their similar backgrounds and passion for kapa haka and the whanaungatanga that is found within it. The challenge was set to create positive programmes and routines that would continue to support the growth in self-confidence that was becoming evident in them all.
Over the past three years Te Aho Paihere has run over 30 wānanga, with the introduction of tuakana wānanga in 2017 and Te Heretaura Kapa Haka Tutoring at the start of 2018. In 2016 we produced the Tāne: A Brotherhood whakaari, which we adapted three or four times to perform at different events such as Queenstown Winter 10’s in 2017 and a Māori Pre-Grad at the University Of Otago. During this time the tamariki attended different school performances, hui, pōwhiri and practices with Ana and Kopua through Manawa Enterprises.
Currently we have three working models; Teina- for tamariki Y6-Y9, Tuakana- Y10-Y13, Te Heretaura- Kapa Haka Tutors Y11+.
Looking forward to 2019 we hope to see an increase of available programmes, continued development of the Te Heretaura tutors and increased opportunities for whānau to engage in kaupapa Māori in a supportive, uplifting environment.
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