Iwi of Origin 2023 to Unite Urban Māori Communities through Sport, Activities and kaupapa Māori
The annual Tāmaki Makaurau inter iwi waiora festival, Iwi of Origin, is back and stronger than ever. Taking place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October at Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini, organisers of the two day festival of sports, reo, culture and more are encouraging te iwi Māori living in the Tāmaki area to get active as a whānau and join in the festivities of this year's event.
Aktive announced the return of the urban version of pā wars for Māori in Tāmaki of all ages and abilities. Aktive Event Producer Mere Rangihuna says that Iwi of Origin is an initiative to promote waioratanga and celebrate both culture and physical activity in Tāmaki Makaurau among whānau Māori.
“Iwi of Origin was established in 2007 with a mission to serve a dynamic urban collective of Māori living in or connected to the Tāmaki area. Iwi of Origin is a space where Māori can reconnect with their whānau, marae, hapū, and iwi right here in the heart of Tāmaki,” says Rangihuna.
The five year vision of Iwi of Origin is to become the premiere Māori waiora event dedicated to fostering Māori culture, wellbeing and physical activity in Tāmaki. Iwi of Origin sets the challenge for those taking part to rise as rangatira and become champions for their own waioratanga (health and wellbeing). It is guided by He Oranga Poutama and its Te Whetū Rēhua, a framework to help active recreation and sport providers consider how they might design or adapt activities to be culturally responsive to Māori.
“Our vision for Iwi of Origin is clear and we are hoping that over the years we can achieve this with our Māori communities across Tāmaki. Whether you whakapapa to Te Tairāwhiti, Te Taitokerau, Te Waipounamu or Te Tai Hauāuru - if you live in or are connected to Tāmaki and looking for a space to get active with your whānau, then this kaupapa is for you.” says Rangihuna.
Returning after a four-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Iwi of Origin is introducing traditional, ancestral and contemporary sports into the mix of activities at this year's event. Among others, the sports include Tāonga Takaro, Kī-o-Rahi, Basketball, Touch, Netball, Rugby, Rugby League, Tag, Volleyball, Tennis, Football. With a goal for traditional and ancestral Māori games to take precedence, Aktive’s Kaihautū Kōtui – Māori Partnership Manager Manu Pihama says he is excited to see the turn out to this year's event.
“Pā wars have been incredible for Māori and we acknowledge the wairua and mahi of our leaders in this kaupapa. Iwi of Origin is about enhancing Māori health and wellbeing through physical activity, and we’re excited to bring it back to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2023,” says Pihama.
Iwi of Origin is set to unite whānau, marae, and hapū to proudly represent their iwi through ancestral games, traditional pastimes, contemporary sports and physical activities with the goal of encouraging whānau to step into their rangatira space.
“We are calling all Māori to step into their rangatira space. Why? Because when you perform at your potential, you give your best performance for yourself, your whānau, community, hapū, iwi and whakapapa,” says Rangihuna.