Tacu Yapi Ciye Na Cuwe Mitawa; Homitacuye OYasin

My Relatives, Brothers and Sisters, connected by blood ties. We are one people


Welcome to "The Better Way" - Ci Le Canku Isohm Waste

“I was invited here to speak of “Waicomah (Tete)” the fair God who ruled the ocean and spoke in whispers to the wind storm. Our name is not the one you gave him, for when he came we lived far to the southward…...


After he left we forgot his teachings and we returned to the ways of the fire god...... 


Yet for so long as enemies have lived our two tribes and for that matter, all the Indian peoples. Anciently we came from the same homeland. Do you not read that in these symbols used again and again in our costumes.  It is so through all the tribes westward.


Indeed, it is time we dropped our dark frowns and learned to smile upon one another and seek together our ancient history, for it is broken and shattered among us in legends, which need many retellings in many languages for the light of truth and understanding”.

Traditions of The Dakota (H.W.T.A. pg78 )  A Dakota addressing Chippewa in one of their tribal councils, 1800s.









The Tepee, The Hogan, The Kan, The Wickiup, The Long House:


  • The house has a voice – listen

  • The path of the spirit

  • You, we, I am the house

  • Beauty in the messages that inspire change

  • The structure and why it is so relevant today

  • Each name has a meaning and principle

  • A powerful influences on decision making revealed

  • Individual and family protection and education

  • The two ancient paths: decisions - determine - destiny.

  • 15 hidden points of leadership, of fatherhood and motherhood.

  • From the heavens into the world.

  • Birth - Life and Death

  • Education the priority


The Earth Mother:


  • Five posts of life

  • The Mountain, The River, The Earth

  • Prayer the sacred connection to the Great Spirit

  • Arms raised toward the east

  • Sacred Water all are connected

  • Knowing and understanding Identity - means change

  • Five sacred entities in the creation of man

















  • The sign posts

  • Prevention strategies

  • Understanding the physical, mental and spiritual forces involved

  • The impact on family, extended family and friends

  • Addiction impact

  • Education pressure to succeed

  • Failure and hopelessness

  • Failed romance and pregnancy shame

  • Loss of identity and self esteem

  • Youth decision making 

  • Unstable family environments 

  • Molestation shame and anxiety 

  • Abuse: verbal, physical, sexual and mental

  • Generational and cluster suicides

  • Ancestral suicide

  • Mate Mauri/Wairua – spiritual sickness


Gangs, Recruiting, Stand Overs and Bullying:


  • The first signs

  • How they operate

  • Gang culture (patterns)

  • The forces involved

  • Gang mind maps

  • How and where they started

  • Parents the key to stopping them

  • Gangs in families, schools, the community and prisons

  • How they recruit

  • Putting stops in place

  • Breaking the cycle




  • From beginning to end

  • Changing negative patterns

  • Peer pressure

  • Putting the stops in place

  • Interventions that will work

  • Walking with two masks

  • Walking on a bend

  • Chronic offending and addictions

  • Negative spiritual influences

  • The six week cycle




CONTACT Herewini on 011-64-27-2833336; EMAIL: herewini@tearapaiake.co.nz




Invite Herewini to customise a "Leadership or Healing" program to meet the specific training needs of  your organization:  

 One-day, two-day and three-day seminars on the use of  - "Traditional Sacred Indigenous Knowledge and Lore" not only as core healing and rehabilitation intervention components that ignite the fires of positive change, but that also inspire community leaders to adjust, to change and walk in a better way. That build confidence, self esteem and self determination to walk free of addictions. These seminars are a powerful reminder of what once was and of values and principles that can be recovered and live again in the hearts of the people.




The Sacred Circle:

  • The four directions. The four peoples, the four elements...

  • From Mana Taka in Pennsylvanis to Alofi Ali'i in Samoa - to Taka Rangi in New Zealand

  • People of the red earth - Alaea in Hawaii - Kurawaka in New Zealand

  • The circle of chiefs in the heavens

  • Knowing and understanding Identity - awakens power to change

  • The pure language of chiefs
  • The Great Spirit, The Creator - across all tribes
  • Medicine Men, Kahuna, Tufunga Otua, Tohunga

  • Prayer, Pule, Karakia - connecting to the powers that heal



  • From the Americas into Polynesia down to New Zealand

  • The movement of knowledge, the building of sacred schools of learning

  • Spiritual patterns

  • Trails of tears