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Te Ao Maori


calling you?

If you're feeling a gentle yet profound tug in your heart, a whisper in your soul that speaks of ancient wisdom and vibrant culture, know that you're not alone. This calling, subtle yet unmistakable, is one we've felt deeply.

For us, it was more than just a whisper; it was a heartfelt summons from our ancestors, a beckoning to embrace our roots and pass on the legacy of Te Reo Maori. This call stirred within us, igniting a passion and a responsibility to carry forward the rich tapestry of our heritage.

Thus, Te Kakano was born – not just as a school, but as a living bridge connecting us to our past, and paving a path to a future rich in Maori language and traditions. Here, we don't just teach; we celebrate the essence of Te Ao Maori, nurturing each seed – each 'kakano' – with love, respect, and a deep sense of community.

At Te Kakano, we're more than just a school; we're a community passionately dedicated to the revitalization of Te Ao Maori. Our journey began with a call from our ancestors, a call to share and celebrate the beauty of Te Reo Maori.

Whether you're starting from scratch or looking to deepen your connection, we're here to guide and grow with you. Our mission is to empower you to embrace and embody the essence of being Maori in today's world, through the rich language and traditions of our forebears.

Join us in this heartfelt journey of learning and connection. Let's keep the voice of our ancestors alive in every word we share.

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Can you relate to this right now?

Are you craving to speak and understand Te Reo Māori?

Are you looking for a safe space to learn with like minded people?

Are you ready to understand in depth the customs and procedures of learning Te Ao Māori? What it's like to embody the language?

Are you willing to carve out the time to attend the classes?

Here's how we can help

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If you have

 limited to no knowledge

of Te Reo Māori,


Our programs are designed

to take you from self-doubt and overwhelm to

self-secure and confident.

If you're looking to connect with a community of like-minded people ready to immerse themselves in learning Te Reo Māori,


We value a safe, & non-judgemental environment for all our staff and students.

If you're excited to learn the customs, culture and mythology of Te Ao Māori,


Learn the embodiment of Te Ao Māori with the language, protocols and customs. Feel confident in speaking and appreciating all that is  Te Ao Māori!

Let's do this!


We understand that learning any language can feel overwhelming, and most times, it's confusing to know where to even begin! 

At Te Kakano, we want to take the guesswork out for you! So depending on your time and budget, we want to make sure we can cater to your needs. Classes start from as little as $25.








Group Classes





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Hey, I'm Te Huinga


Tēnā koutou katoa, I'm Te Huinga Sun, co-founder of Te Kakano. My journey is a tapestry of Maori and Chinese heritage, with roots stretching from Pawarenga and Rotorua to Guangzhou, China. After completing my Bachelor of Education specializing in Te Reo Maori, I spent eight years teaching and leading in Otara, shaping educational programs that resonate with our learners' hearts and minds. My passion for our culture and language deepens with each day, especially as I guide and connect with families and students at Te Kakano. Here, we embark on a shared journey, exploring the rich landscape of Te Reo Maori, nurtured by our ancestral wisdom and the vibrant stories of our people.


Hey, I'm Tui


I am the co-founder of Te Kakano, overseeing sales and marketing, while my cousin skillfully mentors our students. Together, we nurture our community. My journey to Te Kakano was born from a longing for a Maori community where my limited knowledge of Te Ao Maori wasn't a barrier, but a starting point for growth. I've encountered many Maori who share this craving – a desire to explore our roots, our ancestry, and our mythology, and to understand how they're all interwoven. Having once been the student who felt lost and out of place, I harboured an intention: to create a safe space where like-minded individuals could connect, learn, and grow. And here we are. Welcome to Te Kakano – it's truly my pleasure to have you with us.

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