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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:

Rebecca (Pae) Jaram
(Ngāti Awa, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui)
Graduate – Te Tohu Paetahi Ako: Bachelor of Education (Teaching), majoring in the Early Years

The education I received at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in the Bachelor of Education programme has set me up for a career in teaching, one that I am totally enjoying. I am currently employed fulltime in Gisborne at the Steiner inspired centre The Farmyard for Early Years. I love the Steiner way and believe it aligns to our own Te Ao Māori beliefs regarding Papatūānuku, sustainable living and te taiao. I am the co-ordinator of the preschool room and I also implement the te reo Māori component at the centre and promote learning in the natural environment.  

I hope my positive experiences inspire others to take up the challenge and become the best they can be. I certainly did and I am enjoying my chosen career.  I am working toward full teacher registration and will one day return to Awanuiārangi to pursue higher qualifications. 

* Pae Jaram was awarded the Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Academic Excellence Award in 2017.


Aroha Ruha
(Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe)
Graduate  - Te Ōhanga Mataora Paetahi – Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori (Nursing)

I graduated in 2017 from my Awanuiārangi kaupapa Māori nursing degree as a registered nurse. I’m now a new graduate practice nurse at Kawerau Medical Centre, where I worked part-time as a healthcare assistant throughout my three-year nursing studies. Most of the centre’s patients are Māori, and it is good to be able to express our culture, speak our reo and normalise that in the health industry – that makes a difference for Māori.

The cultural safety and tikanga Māori component of my degree has helped me contribute to better health outcomes for Māori because language, cultural awareness and good communication helps to connect and build rapport quickly with Māori patients, which means they feel comfortable coming into the practice. It also makes it much easier to ensure that the practice’s health education is easily understood. That is an important part of the work to deliver good care to our patients. And we have some kaumātua who struggle to understand English so I do some of my consultations in Māori, which is easier for me and for them – a win-win.

As a kura kaupapa kid, I grew up with Māori as my first language and little knowledge of Pākehā. Awanuiārangi was the best choice for me to build a tertiary studies foundation. I was familiar with the environment – it was just the norm to me. I might have struggled in a mainstream institution.

I gave birth to my daughter Tewaituarangi in the second year of my degree but was back at school the next day because I had an assessment. I was studying full-time, working part-time and being a mum fulltime. I just continued my studies with no break. But I couldn’t have done it without my whānau – they were my number one support system.

I plan to continue with my studies, firstly to become a nurse practitioner through graduate study, and then hopefully to follow my long-term goal of becoming a doctor.

* Aroha Ruha-Hiraka was named the 2018 joint winner of the national Young Nurse of the Year Award. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s (NZNO) annual award celebrates nursing at an excellent level and recognises that recipients have reached a high level in their everyday work. Ruha-Hiraka was nominated by her employers at the centre for her work to improve the health status of Māori through prevention and education­, and in particular her focus on helping patients to quit smoking and manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At the awards, NZNO kaiwhakahaere Keri Nuku acknowledged Ruha-Hiraka’s use of tikanga and te reo Māori to create a safe and respectful environment when working with patients and their whānau, and said she truly deserves recognition for her hard work and dedication. “You are a wonderful role model for young and Māori nurses, and we couldn’t agree more with staff at Kawerau Medical Centre, who say they are lucky to have you.”

 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