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Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Rukuhia te mātauranga ki tōna hōhonutanga me tōna whānuitanga.

Pursue knowledge to its greatest depths and its broadest horizons.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: is a quality provider of Māori programmes within the tertiary education sector in Aotearoa. Our vision is to promote, grow and sustain Māori language, knowledge and culture in all of its manifestations.

We are unique in the tertiary sector of New Zealand, delivering programmes that are distinctive in many ways. We are the only wānanga that offers programmes from foundation through to PhD. They are designed to support and promote academic excellence, and are benchmarked against those of other institutions. They are portable and transferable nationally and internationally. Therefore, it is important that we explore and integrate the Māori world view and those of other indigenous peoples, and engage in and critique the world views of others.

As a wānanga, Awanuiārangi is charged with delivering tertiary programmes grounded in kaupapa Māori and āhuatanga Māori. This means that Māori knowledge and practices are key components of the academic programmes, teaching delivery and student experiences. Some of our programmes have a strong Māori language emphasis; others are designed to support new and emerging language learners. Mātauranga Māori and mātauranga-a-iwi underpin all qualifications, ensuring students have a strong cultural foundation and political literacy on which to build their academic achievement.

The rigour applied to the pursuit of academic excellence is based upon two key philosophies. Firstly, that where research is a requirement, it will focus on solutions to issues, as opposed to simply describing problems. Secondly, the determination that programmes have a transformational element. The focus is not only for students to gain academic credentials, but also to ensure their learning has a tangible, positive outcome for the communities they come from. Transformative approaches to educational achievement are a cornerstone of our broad and unique programme offerings, as we work to provide an education that will encourage and support community development and growth.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi  ki Whakatane

13 Domain Road
Private Bag 1006
Whakatane 3158
Phone: 07 307 1467Freephone:0508 92 62 64

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi  ki Tāmaki Makaurau (AUCKLAND)
Building 1
19 Lambie Drive

Telephone: 0508 92 62 64

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi  ki  Te Tai Tokerau  (Whangarei)
12a Murdoch Crescent 
Raumanga Heights
Telephone: 0508 92 62 64Whangarei

Student Profiles:

Maddie Mason

 (Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi)

Student – Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori (Nursing)

I’ve worked in community health for about seven years and have a diploma in enrolled nursing.  I joined this degree programme to further my studies, especially in indigenous healthcare. The programme has reinforced a lot of my experience in terms of the structure, policies and procedures and has also provided a unique focus on tikanga hau ora me tōna reo.

The Māori focus is the point of difference – not only what I’m learning but how I’m learning. Being in an environment where I’m comfortable and supported, and understanding the needs of our people makes a difference. It makes you more aware of healthcare needs at a multi-cultural level. In our society we have many different indigenous peoples, and this course has really helped me look at catering for all people entering the healthcare system.

Clinical practice is an important component of the programme. Learning within the class environment and then practising it in the community strengthens your ability and knowledge. We have weekly clinical practice, and I’ve just been in placement in the surgical ward for five weeks. Awanuiārangi ensures you have peer support during placements, and that is vital.  In practice we will work as a team, so learning to work as a team while training is key.

  • Maddie Mason was awarded the Eastern Bay Primary Health Janet Maloney Scholarship. 

Laurissa Cooney

(Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi)

Graduate – Te Awa Tūāpapa

I wanted to take the time to sharpen up on my reo, so I could use it more in my workplace. Strengthening my understanding of tikanga was also a key driver.

I did some reo papers at university, but hadn’t practised for a long time so this programme was a step up for me. I had to work a bit harder than some of my peers, but thanks to the teaching style I didn’t feel like I was being left behind. The kaiako had a really nurturing way that allows you to feel comfortable and safe in that environment. I never thought I’d lead a group in a pōwhiri for a waiata but the kaiako brought it out of me. She has natural way of giving you the confidence to do that.

We learnt a lot of waiata tawhito, a side benefit for me, as well as karakia, mihi and how to give whakapapa and pepeha. We focused on these elements so that when I needed to deliver these outside of the classroom situation, it came out naturally, it just flowed. The confidence is there in that space – that’s a definite change for me. The course has given me strong foundations to take the next step.

(Laurissa is Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.)


For more information about our programmes please contact us on 0508 92 62 64  or visit us on our website: and face book page:

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi  WHAKATĀNE
Francis Street Private Bag 1006 Whakatāne New Zealand 2012