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Takahi te Taniwha

We support individuals, groups, and have a supported accommodation whare for tangata whaiora who want to reduce harm and or stop the addiction of alcohol and drugs.

Are you ready to take up the challenge?

Takahi te Taniwha is our invitation to you to consider making a change in your life. It is time for our wahine and tane to reclaim the mana of our tipuna and reject the negative influence of alcohol and drugs in our lives.


We have created this programme to empower and support you to do just that. Save this page and check back regularly as we continue to add new videos to help provide inspiration to those who pick up this challenge.

We have also included links below to the resources and support He Waka Tapu and our community can provide. 

Kua takoto te manuka

Kua takoto te manuka

The leaves of the Manuka tree have been laid down.

Māori have always persevered in the face of great adversity and overcome phenomenal challenges, from separating the earth mother (Papatūānuku) from the sky father (Ranginui) to creating a new world of light and understanding, navigating the distant oceans guided by the stars, and standing up against systemic racial bias and discriminatory laws. 

There was a time when our whanau were prohibited from applying their traditional healing methods and punished for speaking their native language.

There was a time when alcohol and drugs entered into our whakapapa and became a normalised approach to coping with our stressful lives. That time is now. How will you respond to this challenge?

Today we are facing the negative impact of alcohol and other drugs upon our whanau more than everHow do we implement positive change to protect the future of our whakapapa?

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te Taniwha?

You are the seed sown from the highest heavens, that you may not be lost.

This whakataukī speaks of the connection tangata whenua have with Ngā Atua and highlights the whakapapa of this through traditional narratives.

It also makes reference to Rangiātea as both a physical place (our ancestral homeland where ngā waka departed) as well as a metaphysical place (the house where the Baskets of Knowledge where originally held).

You are created of unlimited potential, and originate from our infinite creator, Io Matua Kore.

You will always be connected to your ancestral heritage and therefore you can never be lost.

Can you reduce the harm of substance use for the seed that is yet to be sown?

He Kakano koe i ruia mai i Rangi Atea kia kahore kore e ngaro

Kua takoto te manuka

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Takahi te Taniwha FAQs

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