To Tatou Kupenga: Mana Tangata supervision a journey of emancipation through heart mahi for healers


  • Pirihi Te Ohaki (Bill) Ruwhiu Father, grandfather, great grandfather.
  • Leland Ariel Ruwhiu Son, father, grandfather.
  • Leland Lowe Hyde Ruwhiu Son, grandson, father-to-be.



mana tangata, supervision, wairuatanga, whakapapa, tikanga matauranga m?ori, ko au, mana, pukorero, nga mohiotanga ote ao M?ori me te ao hurihuri, indigenous social work, indigenous community work, to tatou kupenga


This journey of critically exploring Mana Tangata supervision has drawn together the diverse styles, stories and analyses of three generations of tane from the Ruwhiu whanau. This is our journey within to strengthen without – ‘E nohotia ana a waho, kei roto he aha’. Pirihi Te Ohaki (Bill) Ruwhiu (father, grandfather and great grandfather) frames the article by highlighting the significance of wairuatanga, whakapapa and tikanga matauranga Maori – a Maori theoretical and symbolic world of meaning and understanding that informs mana enhancing engagements within the human terrain. Leland Lowe Hyde (son, grandson and father-to-be) threads into that equation the significance of ‘ko au and mana’ (identity and belonging) that significantly maps personal growth and development. Leland Ariel Ruwhiu (son, father and grandfather) using pukorero and nga mohiotanga o te ao Maori me te ao hurihuri weaves these multi dimensional reasonings into a cultural net (Te Kupenga) reflecting indigenous thinking around Mana Tangata supervision for tangata whenua social and community work practitioners.


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How to Cite

Ruwhiu, P. T. O. (Bill), Ruwhiu, L. A., & Ruwhiu, L. L. H. (2017). To Tatou Kupenga: Mana Tangata supervision a journey of emancipation through heart mahi for healers. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 20(4), 13–34.