Site Visits

There are a number of site visits on offer during The Seventh Gathering as outlined below. 


Focus: Traditional Marae Visit

Day 2 - 4: Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday Morning: Visit to local traditional Marae

A short bus ride to a local traditional Marae of the Waikato people where an intimate experience will be on offer to engage in talking, listening, observing and asking questions of local hosts. A close encounter experience is offered to attendees to walk inside a carved meeting house and hear the stories and local histories of the community that lives nearby and belongs to the marae.


FOCUS: Cultural Urban Landscape 

Day 2 - 3: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon: Cultural Landscape Tour

Wiremu has been the historian consultant for the University of Waikato, Waikato Museum and Hamilton City Council for many years. He is offering a site visit to the places within Hamilton City that have been renamed their original place names by the Council and a visit to Hamilton Gardens to learn about Rongoā Māori and explaining some of the traditional customs of where not to pick, i.e. old urupā and trees used for storing koiwi (human remains).
Wiremu will also talk about traditional uses of kumarahou, kawakawa, karamu and kowhai bark and their uses and applications. E.g. demonstrating how to boil kowhai bark in a hot tub of water and sit in it for healing blood related illnesses.
The focus of this site visit will be to look at how healing can occur in an urban landscape by renaming places and taking care of native flora and fauna growing naturally in urban environments.


Focus: Healing, Health, Hauora, Well Being

Day 2: Tuesday Afternoon: Visit to local Māori Community Health Providers

The afternoon will be spent viewing a Māori health provider with the provision of a suite of health services for and by Māori to the local Hamilton Community. Te Kōhao Health provides in excess of 25 different health, social and education services to 8,000 clients throughout the Waikato region. The clinic is an impressive example of the collaboration between Western medical services and traditional Māori medicine.


FOCUS: Cultural, Rehabilitation, Education

Day 3 - 4: Wednesday 10.00am – 3.30pm: Visit to a Men’s Prison Cultural Focus Programme

CareNZ Manaaki Aotearoa has worked alongside the Department of Corrections in facilitating Drug Treatment Units across New Zealand since 1997, when the first DTU in Arohata Women’s Prison was opened. The DTU plays a significant role as part of the government’s goal to reduce re-offending by 25% by 2017, with over 50 men receiving treatment through the Waikeria Prison DTU each year.

Karaka Unit is an 80-bed Therapeutic Community for medium and high risk offenders. Strong collaboration between custodial and therapy teams are critical to the success of prison based Therapeutic Communities. Three programmes operate within Karaka Therapeutic Community: the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Programme for high risk violent offenders, the Adult Sex Offenders Treatment Programme, and the CareNZ Drug Treatment Unit (DTU), for those with substance use issues.

The goal of the CareNZ DTU programme is to target the risk factors for substance dependency and relapse, including motivational enhancement, emotion management, thinking skills, decision making and pro-social behaviour. Focussing on these key treatment areas also decreases the likelihood of future offending. The community (i.e. prisoners and staff) work together to establish an environment in which participants feel safe to address their own issues. The programme is supported by the use of mentors, who themselves are graduates of a DTU.  The visit will include a cultural educational focus.


Focus: Mātauranga Māori, Māori Self Determination in Education, Māori Language Immersion

Day 4: Thursday Morning: Visit to local Māori Language Education Centres

An engaging visit is planned to 3 Māori language centres, all total immersion in the Māori language including a pre-school language nest, and a primary and secondary school established to encourage Māori children and their families to reach their full potentials through learning their culture and language from birth to adulthood.


Booking process

Site visits can be booked during the online registration process for an additional $57.50 NZD (GST inclusive) per visit and are based on a first in first served process. There is a limit of three site visits per person.