In a Māori context standing and sharing our pepeha is common practice. When it’s appropriate, especially at the start of a hui or gathering where we don’t all know each other, a pepeha is great way to make links and connect with others.
Discovering who we are and where we’re from is an important part of building our sense of identity and belonging. It can be very significant for those, who for whatever reason, have become distanced from their family or Tūrangawaewae places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.
Just make sure you develop your pepeha with good intent and ensure that, it is delivered with both humility and respect. This is a learning journey!
HERE IS A SIMPLE TEMPLATE FOR YOU TO PRACTICE
copy and fill in the blank area with the correct answer.
- KO (insert your mountain name here) tōku maunga. My mountain is _________________
- Ko ( insert your river name here) töku awa. My river is _________________
- NO ( insert your country here) ahau . I come from ______________________
- Ko (insert you name here) toku ingoa. My name is ________________________
This is the mountain or hill(Puke) where your ancestors of at least 3-4 generations ago settled. This may be here in NZ or their country of origin.
It is not the mountain that you are currently living near or just happen to ski/snowboard down each year.
Awa / Roto / Moana (Water source):
This is the river/lake/sea that feeds either from your mountain/hill or is geographically close to your mountain and settlement area of your ancestors. Your family’s water source provided food and a way to stay clean. It played an important part in our family’s life in being able to survive. This is why we acknowledge it.
Name, the name that you identify with and you would like people to address you by.