The Tuakana roopu of Te Aho Paihere is focused more on the needs of the rangatahi and we start this programme at the end of Y9 of secondary school.
The Tuakana are actively involved with the Teina roopu, helping with tutoring, workshops or the work behind the scenes in the kitchen, cleaning or general behaviour.
The Tuakana roopu delve deeper into waiata, haka and performance while also learning through the art of theatre. Mahi Whakaari has become an area of interest among the tuakana and we have seen many positive benefits of telling our pūrākau through theatre not only including confidence and self-belief, but the language and perceptions of our tipuna through pūrākau.
The Tuakana roopu will continue to grow alongside the roopu and we will continue to develop the programme to suit the needs of the rangatahi and their whānau.