Whakapapa is the genealogies and stories of descendants and their connection to whenua (land) for all cultures. It acknowledges our shared histories and the impact of colonisation in Aotearoa. Acknowledging the whakapapa of young people means, in their own way and in their own time, exploring how these histories influence their lives right now. Young people are supported to embrace the journey to find their turangawaewae, their place to stand.
Ko ngā uri koe o Tiki
‘You are the descendants of Tiki’
Tiki is the personification of procreative energy and is usually described as progenitor of the human race, which is sometimes described as Te Aitanga a Tiki.
(Mead & Grove, 2004)