May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Te Pua Wananga o Te Arawa 2013

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E nga uri o Puhaorangi, tena tatou katoa.

Te Pua Wananga o Te ArawaKia mihia te mano tini kua mene ki Hawaiki nui, ki Hawaiki roa, ki Hawaiki pamaomao. Ki a ratou te tututanga o te puehu, te whiunga o te kupu i nga wa takatu ai ratou, haere atu ra. Ki a tatou te urupa o ratou ma, nga waihotanga mai e hapai nei i o ratou wawata, tumanako hoki, tena tatou.

Ko te tumanako ia kei te noho ora koutou katoa.

Nei ra te panui mo nga wananga o Te Pua Wananga o Te Arawa ka whakahaeretia a nga marama kei mua i te aroaro. No reira tena tatou katoa.

Te Pua Wananga o Te Arawa

Tena tatou. Greetings everyone. This panui is advise that Te Pua Wananga o Te Arawa will be holding our regular wananga shortly and that registrations of interest are now being taken.

Te Pua Wananga has developed over the last four years with the assistance of Waiariki Institute of Technology and Te Arawa Lakes Trust. We have held a large number of wananga to date all aimed at preparing our people to fill the cultural roles at home base or wherever they may be, at some point. We have had a huge number attend thus far and as we start a new set of wananga, the door is opened to others keen to learn.

New Programme

For 2013, it is intended that we will run a set of three wananga for te reo Maori prior to three wananga on tikanga following the same format as previous years..

There is clearly a need to strengthen our reo base so the set of three wananga has been introduced to cater for beginners to those more fluent. As per normal, these will be noho marae from Friday to Sunday . The reo wananga will be total immersion even for beginners as this is clearly the best way to learn but you will placed at the appropriate level of competency from the start so you can be with those of similar understanding.

The three Tikanga based noho marae wananga will follow. Participants are able to go to the reo wananga or the tikanga wananga or both.

We hope that those who attend will come prepared to learn from start to finish in a safe environment, where you can ask questions and hopefully get answers. We attempt to get a variety of teachers who are the most knowledgeable of our people to present you matauranga. This knowledge is Te Arawa knowledge. While we may not get to do marae specific waiata for example, the idea is that we learn the common waiata such that we can support all of our marae if needed.

As marae based wananga all students are expected to stay on the marae for the length of the wananga which start at 5.00pm Fridays and finish around lunch time on Sunday.

Te Pua Wananga is open to secondary school age and older but people are there to learn and the commitment is for the three wananga of each set please. It is upsetting when people come and go although this cannot be helped at times.

You should come prepared to have Maori spoken to you and to respond in Maori as best you can. If you are looking for a place where you can practise your Maori at whatever level, this should be it.

Please note that you will be enrolled as a student at Waiariki but this will not affect any entitlements some might have from there in terms of enrolment on other courses.

Dates for reo wananga are:

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March 2013

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April 2013

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April 2013

Dates for the Tikanga wananga are :

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April 2013

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2013

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2013


The venues are still to be confirmed at this stage.

What do you learn?

As mentioned, the reo wananga will be total immersion so obviously that brings all sorts of new learnings.

For the tikanga wananga, you should expect to come out of each wananga with:

– One waiata

– One whakapapa line

– One karakia

– Instruction on Karanga and Whaikorero

– Wananga on aspects of Te Arawa kawa and tikanga

– General knowledge

At the end of three wananga you will have three of each and of course a heap of general knowledge. Be prepared to be involved in practical activities, role plays and the like.


Each wananga is $30.00 (total of $90.00) but the fee to start is $60.00 for the first wananga to guarantee a place. This is a koha to Te Pua Wananga to assist with costs of food accommodation and resources.

For our pakeke, and those not working, he pai tonu te koha.

What do you bring?

A notebook, pen, sleeping bag etc and all gear you need to stay on marae. Bring any recording devices you need. All papers will be supplied.


Having tamariki at the wananga should not get in the road of people attending but the rule is that they must not hinder your learning nor that of others. If you are required to have your eyes follow them everywhere, it will be hard so please keep that in mind.

Registration of Interest

The attached form is to give us some idea of numbers and get a commitment from you for the first wananga. Please fill it in and return to Olivia or Dell by

Friday the 15th March with the $60.00 registration for the Reo Wananga

Friday the 19th April with $60.00 registration for the Tikanga Wananga.

You need to also present a copy of your birth certificate or passport please. This is very important. DO NOT present your original

PLEASE NOTE: We need at least forty (40) registrations to run the courses so please get registered early so as not to miss out. We never cancelled a wananga yet such is the interest.

Hei Kupu Whakamutunga.

Feedback from all participants so far has been very positive such that most keep returning because all wananga introduce new knowledge. If you want a safe place to learn, I think this is it. A further panui will be distributed TO THOSE WHO REGISTER as we get closer so kia tere.please. If you have any questions, please contact Olivia ([email protected]) or Dell Raerino ([email protected]) or myself on [email protected] We look forward to seeing you with us as we continue our journey. Noho ora mai


Te Ururoa tangata pai.

2 thoughts on “Te Pua Wananga o Te Arawa 2013

  1. I am a Te Pua through my Grandmother’s Father who’s Mother is Waikirenga Hemi Te Pua. I am very interested in what you have available regarding our Wakapapa and any info on up coming courses.

    Kia Ora,


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