Te Whironui is a collaborative approach between Ngati Ranginui Iwi and Avalon providing a Kaupapa Maori service to ‘tāngata whaikaha’.
Te Whironui utilises six life domains that will direct focus and emphasis to the aspects of a good life that tāngata whaikaha identify they wish to pursue and attain.
Kaiarataki work with tāngata whaikaha and whānau. Tikanga informs all relationships. Each domain is developed along a pathway that provides opportunities for tāngata whaikaha to develop and practice knowledge, skills and capacities. Inherent in Te Whironui is the unconditional regard and valuing of tāngata whaikaha.
Ngati Ranginui gifted the name Te Whironui to the service. The story of the building of Takitimu is presented below.
Tamatea-ariki-nui (Tamatea the high priest) gave forth the order: ‘Let a giant canoe be made and be called Takitimu. We will journey far across the seas to this Southern land of which they tell.’
The craftsmen Ruawharo, Tupai and Putahi had their adzes made from stones named Kohurau, Ka-ra, Anewa and Pounamu (greenstone).
The individual adzes were given the names Te Awhiorangi (made out of greenstone), Te-whiro-nui, Rakuraku-o-Tawhaki, Matangirei and Hui-te-rangi-ora. The first adze was extremely tapu, so sacred indeed, that it was not used in any actual work, but was used only in a ceremonial and religious way. Tamatea, the High Priest, Figuratively it was also used to cut a passage through the high seas on the long voyage. Te Whironui was used to carve out the pathway for Takitimu, thus setting the journey before it happened. Such was the power of the hand of the Tohunga.
— Provided by Charlie Rahiri, Mauriora Project Manager
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