Navigating an Island of Success with Wayfinding (Whatawhata)

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Wayfinding to Choose Hope

Whatawhata

Wayfinding transposes the principles of celestial navigation and ocean voyaging by ancient and modern Pasifika voyagers into a framework that can be used in a modern context.

Wayfinding was developed by Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i under the guidance of voyaging tohunga and leader of Te Toki, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr.  Designed specifically for changing environments the programme builds people’s ability to work to a vision and incorporate the skills of navigation.

Wayfinding to Choose Hope helps young people understand themselves and those around them, it guides young people to create solutions so they can navigate to their Island of success. Participants go on a journey that looks at how things can go wrong in life, who is on their waka, explores their fears and helps them name their deep desires. It is a gentle process that empowers them to come up with real-life solutions that are within their reach.

Through the programme, they develop empathy for others and demonstrate more kindness to each other.  They also become more comfortable in talking about tough times and how they are feeling. The intended outcome is to decrease suicides in Māori and Pacific communities through participating in an empowering process, utilising a system developed from Pacific knowledge.

*This Iwi Initiative was supported by the Māori Suicide Prevention Community Fund 2020-2021.

Organisation:  Te Toki Voyaging Trust             Website: https://www.flyinggeesepro.nz/