Te Aho Paihere is literally translated as ‘the binding line’ and refers to the line thrown out to the mokopuna Māori that reside in Ōtepoti, their whānau and their communities, through the kapa haka programmes that are offered in their schools through the Te Heretaura tutoring network.
Through these programmes tutors of Te Aho Paihere are able to meet with tamariki and whānau and invite them to further their learning, outside of the school programme, through wānanga-based gatherings at local marae and whare wānanga, based on the individual or whānau commitment to the learning offered.Manawa Kapa Haka are the programmes used by the Te Heretaura tutors. These programmes are written, composed and resourced by the pouako of Te Aho Paihere and taught to the Te Heretaura tutors, who then facilitate these programmes on the floor, in the primary schools of Ōtepoti.
Te Aho Paihere is a community led initiative dedicated to nurturing Māori environments in the community of Ōtepoti through wānanga, tutorials, performances and tutoring. Te Aho Paihere offer programmes for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau that cover many different aspects of te ao Māori, with the vision of strengthening our youth, igniting and supporting their passion for their Māoritanga and ultimately learning to craft and wield that passion into a tool for reintegrating te ao Māori into their whānau, their communities and the future of our world.