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Taranaki Mounga Wānanga series

Strengthening our identity, connection and visibility on our mounga for Te Atiawa is important. Since the beginning of 2023, Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa have held a number of ā kanohi and online wānanga to bring us together to share our dreams, aspirations and kōrero about what a new Te Atiawa whare / North Taranaki Visitor Centre could look, feel and sound like.

In March and September 2023, Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa ran online wānanga and provided whānau an update on the North Taranaki Visitor Centre redevelopment.

Have you wanted to learn more about your connection as an uri of Te Atiawa to our tupuna mounga, Koro Taranaki? This online series is for you!

During February and March 2022, Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa delivered a series on online wānanga. Our panel of hosts discussed a variety of topics including our history, our whakapapa connection, tikanga, karakia and waiata that relate to our mounga. We discussed the Taranaki Maunga Settlement process and what this means for all of us as uri and we looked into the future to talk about our shared aspirations and vision of what we want our mokopuna to experience.

Wānanga 1 (view episode)

Topics discussed include:

– A reflection on our history
– Te haerenga mai o Pukeonaki | The journey of our tupuna
– Te Kāhui Mounga | Who are the people of the Kāhui mounga
– Tokomaru | The arrival of Tokomaru waka, the cargo and our people of Tokomaru

Wānanga 2 (view episode)

– our hapū make up
– what our rohe looked like historically and how it looks today, as well as
– providing answers to some of the pātai asked in our first wānanga.

Wānanga 3 (view episode)

– our hekenga,
– ngā wāhi o te Mounga / place names on the mounga,
– nga whakataukitanga (guiding principles) when negotiating the mounga settlement, as well as
– providing answers to some of the questions asked by whānau in our previous wānanga.

Wānanga 4 (view episode)

– a short recap on our last three wānanga,
– restoration work on Te Papakura o Taranaki from the Taranaki Mounga Project,
– uri share their aspirations for our tupuna maunga.


– a short recap on our last four wānanga, and
– an update on the Taranaki Maunga negotiations.

The series was delivered via Zoom and hosted by Jamie Tuuta, Liana Poutu, Te Poihi Campbell and Hemi Sundgren. With guest panelists Anaru Wilkie, Damon Ritai, Sera Gibson and Mitchell Ritai.

Keep an eye on our website for more online wānanga and special events where we celebrate our Te Atiawatanga.