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Dyslexia was no barrier for wānanga student23 May 2023
Small business owner, Kawhena Rangihaeata Puha, overcame her struggles with dyslexia to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Small Business last year at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Multiple sclerosis diagnosis leads to rongoā Māori studies17 May 2023
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 19, Arron Learmond began a journey of learning, researching and experimenting with herbal medicine and rongoā Māori.
Representing tāne in the weaving classroom16 May 2023
Weku Kereopa may have been the only tāne (male) in his raranga (weaving) class but that didn’t deter him from completing the Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art.
Wānanga programme helps young mum gain employment15 May 2023
After completing the Certificate in Tākaro, Sport and Exercise at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Ellerose Vanderaa secured a job as assistant manager at Jetts Fitness in Whakatāne.
A love for weaving leads to Māori art degree11 May 2023
Loren Riddall began her raranga (weaving) journey in 2019 and this year she will graduate from Maunga Kura Toi, Bachelor of Māori Art, Raranga.
A journey to reconnect with Māori heritage through language learning08 May 2023
Liz's commitment to learning te reo Maori has led to positive language outcomes for her community. She is now a Maori language teacher, revitalizing the language at a mainstream school and inspiring others to reconnect with their heritage.
Wānanga educations helps young whānau secure their financial future05 May 2023
Completing the Money Management programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2018 was the kickstart Sam and Courtney Manu needed to take control of their financial future.
Working towards a greater Aotearoa by learning reo Māori03 May 2023
Mum of two, Kimberley Cleland is taking what she has learnt from her reo Māori studies through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and passing it on to her young tamariki (children).
Wānanga learning guides Japanese student to bookkeeping success02 May 2023
Asami’s children and the desire to provide more income to support her family drove her toward a career change. Now an award-winning bookkeeper, Asami runs her own business and credits much of her success to her studies through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Wānanga enrolment numbers on the rise28 April 2023
Tauira (students) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa have embraced the opportunity to focus on personal and professional growth during the uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learning tikanga in the hopes of giving back to iwi27 April 2023
Through learning tikanga at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Walter Herewini hopes to give back to his marae and keep te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) alive and thriving.
Ōpōtiki teacher learns reo Māori from former pupil26 April 2023
As an older student, learning reo Māori was slightly daunting for Ōpōtiki College teacher, Deborah Mckillop. But after learning she would be taught by one of her former student’s, things became more relaxed.
Overcoming Pain to Build a Thriving Business: The Journey of Steven Allan25 April 2023
Four years ago, Steven Allan’s life took a significant pivot. He injured his back and unable to work as a concrete pumper, enrolled in a business course at Te Wananga o Aotearoa with a friend.
Weaving eases wānanga student’s arthritis struggles18 April 2023
After pushing past his doubts and giving the raranga programme a good go, Kohatu not only completed the programme but it helped strengthen the mobility and use of his fingers.
Wānanga vision comes to life for Hamilton whānau17 April 2023
The vision of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is, whānau transformation through education, and that has been the case for one Hamilton family.
Learning reo Māori alongside tamariki06 April 2023
Tā moko artist and mum of two, Mikayla (Meke) Nikora was brought up speaking reo Māori but slowly lost the language after leaving kura kaupapa Māori and moving to Pākehā schooling.
Sister duo keep Māoritanga alive through education03 April 2023
Gisborne sisters, Mererangi and Hoana Kaa believe that education is a key pathway to keeping Māoritanga (culture) thriving in all parts of Aotearoa and empowers Māori to step into leadership.
Press Release on behalf of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi29 March 2023
The first reading of the Education and Training Bill (No.3) in the House of Representatives today signals an historic shift in the relationship between the Crown and the Wānanga sector, namely Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
Studying business was the road to success for Tāmaki couple21 March 2023
For husband and wife Daniel and Charmaine Ngawharau, studying with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and using the knowledge learned to start a business has been the best decision they’ve ever made.
Embracing te reo Māori the key for Taranaki grandmother to help understand her identity14 February 2023
A lightbulb moment about identifying as a “New Zealander” led to grandmother and radio station manager Anne Dawson enrolling in Te Reo Māori studies at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2021.
From Kenya to Aotearoa - Toi and its many connection's24 January 2023
Jennifer Dickerson, a self-proclaimed "Third Culture Kid" due to her unique upbringing around the world, has discovered who she is through art.
‘Rererangi ki te Ao’ Opens doors at Kirikiriroa Airport15 December 2022
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Kairuruku and Pouwhenua Whakairo (master carver), Professor Kereti G. Rautangata, (nō Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura) and his team of carvers have left their mark on a significant piece of the Waikato landscape.
Wāhine Toi Māori ki Ōtepoti – Marewa Severne and Heramaahina Eketone13 December 2022
Marewa Severne embodies the very essence of what it means to be wāhine Māori. She brings this integrity and strength to her teaching, with a ready smile, positivity, and a willingness to elevate mātauranga Māori in her life and her work.
Exhibition on marae first for East Coast raranga tauira06 December 2022
A desire to share knowledge on marae up the coast resulted in the first exhibition at Rāhui Marae for Talei Teariki’s Level 4 and 5 Raranga tauira recently. Titled ‘Waiapu’, the exhibition featured weavers from Rangitukia, Ruatōrea, Waipiro, Tikitiki, Te Araroa, Hicks Bay and Te Karaka.
Kahu Collective05 December 2022
The seed of Kahu Collective was planted back in 2013, when Lisa Harding, Cathy Payne and Corabelle Summerton crossed paths with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s stall at the Womens Expo, showcasing our Toi programmes.
Grandmother relearning the language she was once punished for speaking10 November 2022
Papamoa local, Maggie Hautonga Currie has spent much of her adult life living in Perth but after 37 years she was missing her home, her people, her culture and her reo.
Wānanga teacher makes good out of a childhood spent in foster care31 October 2022
Pirini Edwards was a state ward going through boys’ homes and foster homes throughout his childhood. But it was these childhood experiences and life lessons that led him to his current mahi, teaching the Certificate in Bicultural Social Services at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Sharing knowledge integral part of being Māori26 October 2022
Teaching and sharing knowledge is a natural and integral part of being Māori for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa kaiako (teacher), Rauangi Ohia.
Toi Class Encourages Self-Discovery22 August 2022
Karen Nel ventured onto the Toi Maruata course in Porirua to explore indigenous arts in this part of the world and found out more about herself in the process.
Wendy-Lee pursues her passion25 July 2022
Wendy-Lee McKee-Warner’s love for art started at high school, where she spent all her time hanging out in the art room.
Filling the toi kete14 July 2022
Innovative and motivating are just some of many words that describe the well-known toi guests who have been inspiring our tauira this semester.
Connecting to tūpuna through raranga13 July 2022
When Raranga kaiako Laurette Madden-Morehu recieved a kete as a seven-year old at a whānau reunion, it ignited a lifelong curiosity of mahi raranga.