Te Waonui

A free kaupapa Māori Adventure Therapy programme for rangatahi youth (17+)

Our Ōtautahi Christchurch team is working in partnership with Purapura Whetu Trust to support whānau to flourish through exploration of the natural environment.

Te Māhuri is a free kaupapa Māori programme that provides an opportunity for Māori rangatahi/youth to experience the outdoors and develop a connection to themselves, their peers, and their whenua/land within a whānau environment.

Programme details

  • Outdoor adventure activities including mountain biking, coasteering, sea kayaking, hiking/bush walks, surfing and more
  • For young people aged 13-16 year old. (If you are 17 or older, please check out the Te Waonui programme instead)
  • Free!
  • Every Thursday (roughly 9am-3pm) during the school term
  • Meet at our office in Woolston and we will head off on an adventure together!


Te Māhuri values

Te Māhuri promotes engagement with Te Ao Turoa (the natural world) and enriches connection to Wāhi Māori (sites of significance). Self and others. The cultural framework adds a strong platform to connect with their iwi and an enhanced connection to Ngāi Tahu through the Te Māhuri framework.

  • Whānau Ora (wellbeing within the context of the whanau)
  • Ngai Tahutanga and Te Ao Maori (culture and identity)
  • Mana Tangata (leadership and self-determination)
  • Te Ao Turoa and Mahinga Kai (natural environment and sustainability)
  • Te Putake (strengthening capability and responsiveness)


Want to find out more?

For more information about the programme, check out the Te Māhuri section of the Te Waharoa website. (Te Waharoa is the name of the wellbeing services provided by Purapura Whetu Trust) 

Or, for a copy of the prospectus or upcoming dates, contact Purapura Whetu Trust on Freephone 0800 4 WHETU or tewaharoa@pw.maori.nz


Want to register?

To register for the programme (refer yourself or a family member), please fill in the form below (which takes you to the Te Waharoa website) or email tewaharoa@pw.maori.nz.

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