The Manaaki Project

6 - 18 April 2019 - Pūmanawa

Led by Māori healer Chelita Kahutianui o-te-Rangi Zainey of Manaaki Mama and her exceptional team of wāhine toa, The Manaaki Project is a caring and passionate response to the recent tragedies in the Ōtautahi/Christchurch Muslim community.

Chelita and the team bring a wealth of skills, hope, aroha and light to the kaupapa. They aim to provide healing, support, kai, korero, aroha, listening, laughter, compassion and joy to the Christchurch community.

The concept for the project, to create a range of pop-up atea or sacred healing spaces throughout Ōtautahi/Christchurch, came to Chelita a while ago. The concept is based around the saying that “where the healers go – the healing follows – for the people, the place, the atea”.

The initiative is anchored in the Te Ao Māori value of manaakitanga, which means to support, take care of, give hospitality to, protect, look out for, show respect, generosity and care for others.

“Manaakitanga is at the heart of everything we do and so much of that is needed right now,” Chelita says.

The community will be welcomed to engage and participate in a range of healing modalities for koha (a gift or offering). All koha will then be given to the Muslim community and whanāu directly impacted by the 15 March terrorist attack.

The project will be comprised of four main areas:

  • Hau ora – the healing hub
  • Tamariki ora – the children’s hub
  • Kai and korero – a relaxing lounge area to stop, have a chat and a cup of tea
  • The koha store – where the Manaaki Mama range of Rongoā Māori products will be available to purchase and koha to Christchurch’s Emergency Services

More information is available here.

Dates: Saturday 6 April to Thursday 18 April 2019

Times: 10.00am to 5.00pm, although some evening sessions in healing, mindfulness and meditation may be held in the evenings.

Venue: Pūmanawa community gallery, Boys’ High building, the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora, 28 Worcester Boulevard.

Entry by koha

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.