Te Kaa 5-Day Programme

Five full days designed to ignite participants' learning, understanding and experience of Māori culture in a safe and exploratory way. Tailored towards the busy corporate sector, this programme provides focus on how Māori culture is relevant to you as an individual and to your business. Upon completion of the course you become a Te Kaa Amokura (Alumni).

The Te Kaa 5-Day Programme is a semi structured programme designed to systematically build participants' knowledge of Māori culture over 5 full-day (9:30am - 5pm) sessions held at two week intervals. Each session is anchored in a topic and encourages dialogue and interaction to embed learnings. Each cohort is limited to 12 people to ensure participants are fully engaged and get the most out of Te Kaa.

Session 1: Having fun with te reo Māori – the Māori language

Attempting to speak another language is daunting, and there can be a real fear of getting it wrong. We create an interactive learning space to help you have fun while learning the basics of Māori pronunciation, build your own pepeha (a Māori introduction) and a variety of openings and closings for speeches. You’ll also learn a waiata (song). Tone deaf people are especially welcome.

Session 2: Te Ao Māori - Introduction to the Māori world and protocols

Words like tikanga, mana, tapu, noa, mauri and wairua are commonplace in NZ society, but they are often
not well understood. These concepts, Māori creation stories, an understanding of Māori social structures and values such as kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga will be explained in a way that will help you identify these concepts in operation and how you can make them your own.

Session 3: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Session 4: Māori today, the Marae environment & engagement processes

This session will explore Māori today, taking a look at Iwi, their structures and aspirations and the impacts of treaty settlements on the Māori economy. In recognising many New Zealanders have never been on to a Marae, and don't understand the significance of the pōwhiri process, this session will explain the different domains of the marae and outline Māori engagement processes, so you are fully equipped to participate.

 

Session 5: The Marae experience

Te Kaa Online

Te Kaa Online is digital training course that replicates much of the Te Kaa 5-day programme we have successfully delivered in person since 2017. Te Kaa Online allows participants to fully immerse themselves in things Māori to ensure they are able to engage with Māori clients, colleagues and communities with greater confidence.


Te Kaa Online comprises 7 x 4-hour sessions delivered at two-week intervals. Each session is run by an experienced facilitator with real time dialogue that engages all participants. This is not a static webinar; participants have access to experts to ask questions as and when they arise.

Each cohort is limited to 12 people to ensure participants are fully engaged and get the most out of Te Kaa.

Session 1: Having fun pronuncing
te reo Māori

Attempting to speak another language is daunting, and there can be a real fear of getting it wrong. We create an interactive learning space to help you learn how to pronounce Māori words with confidence.

Session 2: Learning mihimihi and pepeha

In this session we build your own pepeha (a Māori introduction) and learn a variety of openings and closings for speeches. You’ll also learn a waiata (song).

Session 3: A  Māori Creation Story

We will explore the Māori worldview through an analysis of the creation story, and come to understand how this framework impacts Māori decision making.  We will also come to understand Maori social structures and how they have changed over time.

Session 4: Māori Concepts and Values

Words like tikanga, mana, tapu, noa, mauri and wairua are commonplace in NZ society but not well understood. These concepts, and values such as kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga will be explained in a way that will help you identify these concepts in operation and make them your own.  

Session 5: The Treaty of Waitangi (Historical) 

The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We will look at the context within which it was created, review some of the motives of the key players involved at the time and understand the differences in the text and interpretation. 

Session 6: The Treaty of Waitangi (Contemporary) 

We will assess the current post-treaty settlement environment and its impact on business and the economy, discuss bi-culturalism and multiculturalism, exploring how the Treaty relates to you today as an individual and your organisation.

Session 7: Māori today and engagement processes

In this session we will get an understanding of the aspirations of Māori today, explore how to engage with Māori and come to understand the Māori economy. We will also determine where to from here for the participants.

The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of Aotearoa/ New Zealand. We will look at the context in which it was created, and understand the differences in interpretation. We will assess the current post-treaty settlement environment and its impact on business and the economy, exploring how the Treaty relates to you today as an individual and your organisation.

A visit to Ōrākei Marae, where things learnt in previous sessions will be put in to practice. Participants will participate in a pōwhiri process, engage with the local Iwi and present about their journey on Te Kaa. We will also hear from Māori leaders about topics determined by the cohort. A presentation of koha will bring Te Kaa to a close. Participants are invited to bring along a guest to participate in a Marae experience free of charge.