A love of the outdoors and a passion to give back to the Rangatahi was the drive behind creating Rangatahi Tumeke.
The outdoor program was created in 2013 to provide Rangatahi with traditional food gathering practices along with connecting to the Whenua Ngahere and Moana.
Included are activities such as trout fishing, kayaking, Waka Ama, tenting, tree planting & orienteering Rangatahi aged between 12 - 17 years are welcomed onto Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff then we journey into the Catlins for 5 days of outdoor pursuits. Our base is at the Tautuku Outdoor Adventure Lodge.
Thanks to the Ngāi Tahu Fund and Te Pūtahitanga we have been able to run the camps in each of the School holidays over the recent years.
A whanau that have lived in Te Akau Tai Toka the Caitlins for many generations are at the heart of this program. Steph Blair is the Kaihautu that project manages the program. Her son Josh and partner Mel, with daughter Stevie are the faces of Rangatahi Tumeke along with other whanau that bring skills and knowledge that are without a doubt part of the package that has made Rangatahi Tumeke the success it is today!
This life changing programme aims at increasing the engagement and participation of our community members, through authentic cultural experiences in a safe and friendly outdoor environment. It is so important in today's multicultural society to have the understanding and compassion for all cultures.
We have created a valuable and unique opportunity for businesses and organisations to become active, aware and empowered through cultural, outdoor and team building experiences. This is over a 2 to 3 day wānanga in the heart of the Caitlins with our team of experienced and dedicated whānau.
Your business is also supporting the Rangatahi of the future. Rangatahi Tumeke is a program developed for youth to help them reconnect to their Māori culture, self-identity and the environment. This allows them to become confident leaders and positive contributors to society now and in the future. These camps have been running for 5 years and all Rangatahi have remained fully funded. We would like to keep it this way to ensure there are no barriers for whānau.
This is an invaluable opportunity for your organisation to grow within itself and be an active contributor back into the community.
388 Chaslands Highway
Papatowai, The Catlins