Community Education

Te Waharoa - Adult Community Education (ACE)

This programme offers a number of courses that provide foundation knowledge and skills centred on your marae and its cultural uniqueness. The programme helps to develop and strengthen Māori tikanga, āhuatanga and mātauranga Māori. Learning is marae-centred and focuses on the cultural uniqueness of hapū and iwi. Open to whānau trusts, hapū, kapa haka, sports clubs, kaupapa Māori entities with a kaupapa Māori focus and the passion to build capability and capacity of whānau.

To participate in our courses, a representative from a marae and/or other Māori organisation (approved by the Programme Co-ordinator) must complete a Zoom Te Waharoa (ACE) Marae Coordinator training presentation conducted by the School of Iwi Development. For more information, please contact our Regional Co-ordinators or National Programme Co-ordinator.

Courses include but are not limited to: Te Reo, Karanga, Whakairo, Whaikōrero, Mau Rākau, Waiata, Raranga, Korowai, Whakapapa, Tikanga, Karakia, Mōteatea.

Start Date
On demand
Part-time flexible options available
5 weekend noho
Applications Close
Applications close
On demand
Campus Location
Available nationally based on demand
Min 17 years old. Open entry. Marae must be contracted.
Tuition fees free

What you will study

This marae-centred programme is designed to revitalise te reo, tikanga marae, āhuatanga Māori and tikanga Māori. The courses enable marae to bring together their members from around the country to learn from the collective knowledge held by whānau, hapū and iwi about physical and spiritual wellbeing. The course is available throughout the year.

You will learn about

A range of courses covers many topics that make up te ao Māori and are taught from the unique lens of whānau and hapū.

Courses include but are not limited to: te reo, tikanga, mōteatea genres, mau rākau, karanga, whaikōrero plus many more.


  • Tikanga - you will learn about the in-depth nature of tikanga and identify the points of
    origin and its importance as it applies to your Marae.
  • Whakapapa – you will gain an in-depth understanding of the performance and ability
    required of people involved in supporting local iwi, hapū and whānau to fulfil their cultural
    responsibilities, as it applies to your Marae.
  • Whaikōrero – you will learn and practice mihimihi with basic components of whakapapa,
    whakatauki, pepeha, waiata and regional points of reference, as it applies to your Marae.
  • Karanga – you will practice karanga within a range of contexts, such as tangihanga,
    whakatau, waewae tapu, tangata

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Makarena Hotene
National Programme Coordinator - Te Waharoa, Te Pou Hono

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