Hononga is about joining and connection. Linked to whakapapa, it is about connection to people, land/whenua, resources, spirituality, the digital world and the environment. When we understand hononga we recognise all the connected relationships in a young person’s world (whānau, peers, school, the community), and the places and spaces that support these. Young people are supported to identify and strengthen these connections. Strengthening hononga also means recognising the connection between the wellbeing of young people and the wellbeing of their social and natural environment.
Mā pango, mā whero, ka oti te mahi
By red and by black the work is finished
Red here refers to the red ochre worn by chiefs; by contrast, the rank and file workers appeared black. The saying means that only by the united labour of chiefs and their followers can the task be accomplished.
(Mead & Grove, 2004)