Our Tamariki and Mokopuna are the future Kaitiaki of our natural world (Te Taiao) which is why we encourage environmental education and connection as an essential part of our Kaupapa.
Connecting with local schools, universities and other like-minded groups, Pae Tu Mokai ō Tauira hold regular Wānanga with Greater Wellington Regional Council, Mountains to Sea, schools, local Hapu and Iwi to engage with Tamariki and Rangatahi to value Te Taiao and the importance of balance in our biodiversity. Events are held at ‘Te Whare’ and guest speakers regularly invited to Kōrero about Māramataka, Matariki, Te Taiao, Para Kore, Organics (Maara Kai), Hauora and more.
We also acknowledge the value of local Pūrakau (historical stories) passed down through generations, so that future generations will know about Whakapapa and historical accounts.
Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira
Local Wairarapa historian and environmental consultant Ra Smith (Ngāti Muretu) talks about the origins of the names ‘Wairarapa’ and 'Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira’.