Ngā kaupapa: Education, Water Safety, Youth

No-cost dive course popular with youth

Talisa Kupenga
  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Kei te pōī atu te hunga rangatahi ki te akoranga kore utu o Ngā Kawa o Tangaroa. Katoa ngā tūnga tekau mā waru o roto riro atu mō te wāhanga ako tuatahi.  Kei tōna wiki tuarima te wānanga ako i tēnei wā, ā, mō ngā ākonga o roto, inā te huhua o ngā mātauranga kua raua ki te kete hei oranga mō ngā whānau. 

Kei te ako ēnei rangatahi i ngā pukenga ruku kia haumaru te noho ki tātahi i a rātou e kohi kai ana.

"So far I've learnt to dive properly and use the correct swimming gear and I've learnt how to do the rescue position and put [your hand] under the jaw. I'm enjoying it a lot. Its good fun meeting new people,” hei tā Bailey Matthews he tauira i roto i te kaupapa.

He wāhi nui tā ngā tikanga Māori mo te akomanga e kiia ana ko Ngā Kawa o Tangaroa. Na Te Whānau o Waipareira te kaupapa, nā te Poari o Massey Henderson te pūtea, kia tu e rua nga akoranga mō ngā wiki tekau mā rua mō ngā kairuku tokoiwa.

"Our rangatahi and our whānau that are within Tāmaki Makaurau have sort of been disconnected from that tikanga and I think it's really important nowadays to have this taonga this treasure and this resource available," hei tā te kaiwhakahaere o te kauapapa a Donovan Busby.

I tēnei wā kua akona nga tauira ki te tiaki i te kaitoromi kaha, ki te whakarite i a ratou ano i te wā ruku, me te whakamahi i nga tohu-a-ringa mo nga kairuku ki te wai.

E ai ki a Busby, "As you can see their attitudes are awesome they love it. It's a hands-on kaupapa for them. They just love getting in the water because all they can envisage is all the kaimoana that they're going to get."

I nga wiki e haere ake nei ko te whakapōtaetanga te whāinga matua engari me whakamātau rātou ki tātahi i a rātou pūkenga ruku kua kohi ki a rātou kete. 

*Picture: Te Kāea Archive