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KIA ORA! Come have a browse & see what class speaks to you



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Where to start

At 'Te Kakano', our programs are crafted with you in mind, even if you're stepping into the world of Māoridom for the very first time. While we suggest starting with introducing yourself before delving into the deeper customs and protocols of the Marae, we truly believe in following your heart's calling. Every step in learning is celebrated here, so choose the path that resonates with you. We're here to support you, no matter which program you're drawn to.

Establishing Connections Through Te Reo Maori

If you are embarking on your journey with Te Reo Māori or are looking to reinforce your foundational understanding, our "Whakapiri" program offers an ideal beginning. Mindfully crafted to adapt to the unique pace and requirements of each student, this 8-week course is dedicated to nurturing your confidence and providing a robust foundation. As you delve into the language and culture, this program prepares you for a seamless transition into our more extensive and immersive offerings.





The  Introduction


The Marae


The Four Pillars

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Te Kakano

Begin your journey by learning the art of self-introduction in Te Reo Māori. Understand the significance of connecting with our mountain, river, canoe, tribe, and people. No prior knowledge? No worries! All we ask for is your eagerness to learn. Just come as you are; we've got you covered.

The Introduction
TE KAKANO (Class page)
The Marae


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Here we further extend what we have learnt in Te Kakano; now that we know how to introduce ourselves to others and have started to connect with our land, Paiaka is a program that will focus on the protocols of the Marae. 

We learn the history of our mythology as it relates to our Marae and why each Marae has its own sacred and unique customs in place.

At the end of this program, you will be able to address others and give your own basic mihi, just as you would on a Marae setting.

PAIAKA (Class page)
TUMU (Class Page)


The Four Pillars
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This is designed to take your confidence to the next level; we focus on the four pillars of your well-being as Maori have honoured and practised for generations.

Now that we understand the basics of the Marae; in this program we discover how  the Marae is also a model used for our well being. We understand the four pillars of family, mind, body and Spirit while implementing a holistic approach to balance and understand how our roots are heavily connected to the land.

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