He mātanga a Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal mō te whare tapere, arā, ko te “whare” o mua o te pūrākau Māori, te kanikani Māori, te puoro Māori, me ngā tākaro Māori. Kei roto i tēnei ataata, ka miramira a Te Ahukaramū i te hiranga ā-wairua o te whakarite i ngā wāhi mō te whakanui i te rēhia, te tākaro, me te harikoa. Ka ako tātou i ētahi momo tākaro i kitea rā i te whare tapere o mua, ā, ka whakaarohia ngā mahi whakarauora i te mātauranga me ngā mahi o mua kua ngaro noa atu. Ka mutu, ka ākina tātou ki te whai whakaaro ki te whakahokinga mai o te whare tapere ki roto i ngā hapori Māori o nāianei.
Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal is a mātanga (expert) in te whare tapere or iwi-community 'houses' of storytelling, dance, music, games and more. In this video Te Ahukaramū emphasises the spiritual importance of creating spaces which celebrate rēhia (joy), tākaro (play) and harikoa (happiness). We learn about a variety of games and pastimes that were a feature of the whare tapere of old and are reminded of revitalisation efforts to restore knowledge and traditional practices we have since lost. We are also encouraged to consider the resurgence of whare tapere in iwi Māori communities today.