We wish to advise that we have made the decision to postpone Manawaroa in February 2022.
After a lot of consideration about the current situation with COVID-19, specifically in Te Tauihu, and thinking about our wider community as well as the potential health and wellbeing risks of running an event, the Trustees have decided to take a responsible lead and postpone Manawaroa.
The health of our whānau, particularly our kaumātua and vulnerable, is paramount to us.
Thank you for your understanding – we hope to be in a position to reschedule and hold Manawaroa later in 2022.


About Manawaroa 

Our wānanga is marae-based and includes excursions into the Abel Tasman National Park by water and a bike hikoi. You will explore sites of significance to the Trust, in the Motueka area and hear the kōrero of our families.

The wānanga includes whakapapa workshop, NRAIT and traditional history and waiata.

Learn about what's involved and some of the experiences for many of our whānau who participated in Manawaroa 2021. Click below to view.


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The owners selected to participate are encouraged to engage in the weekend, take what they learn back to their whānau, and become ambassadors of the Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust.

The weekend is best suited to those with a reasonable level of fitness and can complete a 10km bike ride and also can get on and paddle the waka.

Costs associated with the weekend wānanga are covered by NRAIT, excluding travel costs to and from Motueka. All NRAIT owners over the age of 18 are encouraged to apply.


If you have any questions, please email Nichola Vessey on

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Previous wānanga

See what some of our earlier wānanga involved

Manawaroa 2021 


Manawaroa 2020

Check out previous testimonial videos here


Banner image: Photography by Melissa Banks