Kia ora Koutou, my name is Rauhine Coakley. I am a Māori woman from Arahura on the West Coast of the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.
I started Hīkoi Waewae in July 2016 as a social walking/hiking group. The purpose was for local Māori to re-connect with their ancestral lands. To learn the histories of their ancestors, gain knowledge of fauna and flora, how their ancestors utilized these resources for food, medicine, art, building materials, and everyday items such as mats, clothing, and much more.
Hīkoi Waewae also focused on the importance of Māori values.
Kaitiakitaka: to be stewards of our natural and living environments and to actively encourage this in others.
Whanaukataka: Bring people together as a family and look after each other. The active care, love, concern and nurturing of others in a safe and positive way.
Manaakitaka: The showing of hospitality to visitors. Making people welcome and bringing them into the group in a way that makes them become one with us. The giving and sharing of time, possessions and food.
Kotahitaka: Encouraging the making of bonds between people – the building of relationships and friendships between people
I believed people from all walks of life would be interested in connecting with the beautiful lands of the West Coast and learning about our local history while gaining an understanding of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). As a result Hīkoi Waewae grew and developed.
Today Hīkoi Waewae is a family business that lives and breathes our Māori values and offers you the opportunity to join us for a unique and authentic cultural experience.
Meet the Team
Meet the Hikoi Waewae whanau. They are all Kai Tahu and Kati Waewae decent and born and raised on Te Tai Poutini (the West Coast). From left to right …………
Rauhine grew up at Arahura Pa, near Hokitika. She is a keen tramper who enjoys foraging for the highly sought after and treasured Pounamu, and is passionate about history and revitalising local Māori place names. Rauhine has a background in tourism and hospitality andshe is happiest when spending time with her tāne (husband), tamariki (children) and mokopuna (grandchildren).
Emily-joy hails from Hokitika. She has a back ground in child care and loves cooking and preparing food for others to enjoy. Emily-joy is passionate about our native flora and fauna.
Jah-vana grew up in Kūmara. She has been a kaiarahi (guide) with Hīkoi Waewae since the business started and is knowledgeable in local Māori and Pākehā (English) history. She is a passionate conservationist and has a background in pest control as well as tourism and hospitality.
Rititia is from the small gold mining town of Kūmara. She has a profound knowledge of pounamu, can name the various types and enjoys retelling the legends that surround this taonga (treasure). She also loves the bush and is a keen tramper.
Summer grew up in Kūmara. She is an aspiring artist who has a back ground in tourism and hospitality. Summer loves meeting new people and learning about other cultures.
Taewa grew up in Hokitika and is a carver of pounamu. He is a passionate outdoors man whose interests include tramping, hunting and fishing.