Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Tikanga can be described as general guidelines for daily life and interaction in Māori culture. It is commonly based on experience and learning that has been handed down through the generations. Logic and common sense are key words that come quickly to mind. Tikanga for particular aspects of the Tira Hoe Waka comes from traditional approaches amongst hapu in -Ati-Hau-Nui-A-Paparangi. In some respects the Tira Hoe Waka is probably developing some of its own traditions as it builds its own history. There is certainly an element of ‘this is how we do it on the Tira Hoe Waka’ that makes the journey a spiritual one.

Tikanga was shared and practised during the Tira Hoe Waka in so many of the routine activities necessary for 130 or so people to live and work together successfully. Some of that was done formally through korero about respecting and caring for the awa, the ngahere and and the wider environment.

Whenever the Tira Hoe Waka approached marae traditional approaches to marae etiquette was observed.

Teamwork and supporting others were other aspects of tikanga that were reinforced on a daily basis and included principles of tuakana and teina as well as respect for a hierarchy based on the on age and experience.

Roles and responsibilities were also things everyone was reminded about ranging from the paepae to the kitchen.

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