Wayfaring Te Waipounamu Wiggles style

Photo: Te Pūtahitanga or Te Waipounamu.

Adam Gifford

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i: Wayfaring in Te Waipounamu Wiggles style

A program using travel traditions to teach entrepreneurship to rangatahi has won support from the South Island commissioning agency whānau ora Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Flying Geese general manager Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i explains that Wero consists of a one-day school wananga followed by an eight-week online course with business mentors.

She says it’s about honoring Maori and Pasifika ancestors as great innovators, traders and navigators and transforming those ways of being and knowledge systems into entrepreneurship.

“Our team, we’re like the Polynesian Wiggles getting off the bus and we’re like hype and the co-hosts are young, so we walk them through orientation, which is the framework that I designed with Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, looking at entrepreneurship and the island of success endings who’s on your waka and what could go wrong on the island of fate and whenua, what research questions you should ask, and also how you are guided by your values ​​compass,” says Tafuna’i.

Support from Te Pūtahitanga will allow Flying Geese to teach at schools from Whakatū to Gore.

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