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Te Kaa In-Person Programme

The Te Kaa In-person programme is our most comprehensive and most transformational option. Revised and updated in 2022, it comprises 4 full-day sessions at 2-3 week intervals, plus a 3 hour online session; and concludes with a graduation at a local marae. This option is well suited to leadership who are responsible for driving change through your organisation and those regularly engaged with Māori.  

See below for what is covered in the In-person programme; and the learning outcomes that will be achieved. 

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Session 5a: Your Journey

A final online session requiring you to delve deeply into your journey on Te Kaa and present a plan and make commitment/s for where to from here. This can be used as a starting point for organisational strategy development and/or personal goal setting.

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Session 5b: Marae Graduation

A visit to a local Marae, where things learnt in previous sessions will be put in to practice. You will go through a powhiri process and engage with the local Iwi to learn about their rich tribal history. The day will conclude with a moving graduation ceremony. Following completion of the programme, all graduates become Te Kaa Amokura (Alumni), entitling you to ongoing benefits (see below).

Te Kaa Online

Te Kaa Online takes the first four sessions of the Te Kaa In-person programme and breaks them into 8 x 4.5-hour online sessions.  This is not a static webinar; it includes facilitation in real time to allow participants to be guided through the learning process and ask questions (and receive responses) as and when they arise.  

This option is well suited to people working in the regions who are not able to travel to Auckland to participate in training, and those with less responsibility for driving change within an organisation. 

See below for what is covered in the Online programme; and the learning outcomes that will be achieved. 

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Session 1a: Having fun pronouncing 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 1b: 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).

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Session 2a: 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.

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Session 2b: 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.  

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Session 3a: 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. 

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Session 3b: 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.

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Session 4a: Māori today

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. 

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Session 4b: Whakanui & wrap up

The final session will review the learning in each of the previous seven sessions, and ask each participant to talk about their journey on Te Kaa and present a plan for where to from here.

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Te Kaa Amokura Benefits

Following completion of the programme, all graduates of Te Kaa become Te Kaa Amokura (Alumni), which entitles you to the following ongoing benefits: 

  • free and exclusive access to regular online webinars to hear insights from leaders in te ao Māori and have the opportunity to ask them questions relevant to your sector 

  • exclusive invitations to networking and/or educational events run by Maurea for Te Kaa Amokura 

  • access to other graduates who are leading change around Māori cultural competency within their organisations and the opportunity to build a community to share ideas. 

  • exclusive access to Maurea’s online te reo Māori programmes, designed especially for Te Kaa graduates to build their knowledge of te re Māori in the workplace.