Murihiku Manu Wānanga (Workshop)

Keen to learn how to pop a manu?

Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust is hosting a Manu Wānanga (workshop) along with manu experts to impart knowledge and skills on how to do a Manu dive-bomb safely and with confidence.

The workshop is aimed to increase whānau ora and connectedness through the medium of Manu Dive Bomb, and to promote Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2021 (GHAW). The idea is to encourage rangatahi and whānau to participate in the wānanga together.

The Nga Kete Gambling Harm Public Health Kaimahi Eru Loach said after hosting the Manu Dive Bomb Event last year (which was the GHAW event) he received requests for further manu events in the future.

“The wānanga will provide a healthy activity that promotes and encourages leadership, guidance and mana enhancement for rangatahi and whanau,” Mr Loach said.

There will be three workshops running consecutively. The first will be from the lowest diving board, 1.5m, the second from the 3m and the third from the 5-metre platform. Participants MUST be able to swim 50 metres and be aged 8-years or over, to take part in the event.

The workshop will coincide with the opening of the brand new hydro slides at Splash Palace.Invercargill City Council Aquatic Services Manager Stephen Cook said Splash Palace staff were excited to be partnering with Ngā Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust to provide this Manu Wānanga to the community.

“We can’t wait to build from the success of last year’s Manu Dive Bomb event, and see how many people can come along to learn how to do great manu and show us their skills in a safe and controlled environment,” Mr Cook said.

The wānanga will take place at Splash Palace between 2pm-4pm on Friday 23 April 2021. Online registrations are available here: