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A unique aspect of Te Wānanga Ihorangi is our commitment to seeing te reo Māori as the primary medium in which our hapori whakapono (e.g. Hāhi) express their faith and beliefs. This vision and mission are captured in our organisation whakatauākī:
Ko te reo te kauwaka o taku whakapono
(Te reo Māori is the sacred vessel of my faith)
All things are woven together and interdependent. We know who we are and where we belong when we understand our place within these relationships.
TE AO MĀRAMA
The journey of learning is a process that everyone can participate in. It doesn’t matter what your starting point is, we are all capable of growing, achieving, and contributing.
Humility, service, and kindness should define our interactions with one another.
Te Wānanga Ihorangi is inspired by the story of Te Rongopai and our Christian faith is the foundation of our motivation and work.
We understand ourselves as a collective and are committed to developing and maintaining strong relationships with each other. We also recognise that when you come through the door, so does your whānau. We aspire to create a learning context that values and actively engages with those you hold most dear.
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Tumuaki | Co-Principal
(Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai)
Rev’d Te Karere Scarborough
Tumuaki | Co-Principal
(Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hauā)
Poet, community educator, and whānau advocate, Te Karere Scarborough has spent the last 15 years working in the community-wellbeing and arts sector. During this time, he was largely based at Parenting Place. He held a variety of roles there that included leading the Attitude Programme for Schools, National Young Leaders’ Day, Toolbox, Building Awesome Whānau and Space programmes. An appointed trustee of his hapū board, Whatitiri Māori Reserves Trust, he has also held governance positions at Maxim Institute, the Mihinare social service provider Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri, and the youth development organisation Zeal. Te Karere holds qualifications from Te Wānanga Takiura, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Unitec, and is concurrently completing his Masters in Chaplaincy through the University of Otago. He was the founding CEO of Te Wānanga Ihorangi and feels privileged to lead alongside Anameka.
(Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Kai Tangata)
Rev’d Te Hira Paenga
(Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahungunu)
Rev’d Waiora Te Moni
Kura Reo Tutor
(Ngāti Haka (Tūhoe), Waitaha, Tapuika (Te Arawa), Ngāti Hine)
Born and raised in Aotearoa’s kiwifruit capital, Te Puke – Waiora is deeply committed to whānau, whakapapa, and whakapono. Passionate about the place of Māori in God’s story for humanity, Waiora is currently studying theology at St John’s Theological College and hopes to be a full-time nerd for as long as the Lord (or pūtea) will allow. Waiora is deeply passionate about te reo Māori, both learning it for herself and sharing it with others. She dreams of a bilingual Aotearoa one day and is actively playing her part to make that a reality. She’s a Daughter, Sister, Aunty, Niece, Cousin, and friend. Waiora says “All you really need to know about me might be summed up in knowing that I’m an Enneagram eight with Tūhoe whakapapa.”
Kura Reo Tutor
Kura Reo Tutor
Te Waka McLeod
(Ngāti Mutunga, Te Atiawa, Te Ātihaunui a Papārangi)
In recent years she has held the role of CEO for Te Wānanga Ihorangi before being called home to Waitara in Taranaki to advocate for her people. She is the current Kai Arataki with Ka Uruora, an Iwi-led organisation that provides a pathway to housing and financial independence for whānau Māori.
She is the Director of Puna Hau Ltd and since 2022 has been a member of the New Plymouth District Council as the inaugural Te Purutanga Mauri Pūmanawa Māori, Māori ward councillor.
Rev’d Neihana Reihana
(Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui)
(Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Kai Tahu and Ngāti Pākeha)
Greg has a longstanding resume as an innovative social entrepreneur. Greg co-founded and was CEO of the Maxim Institute for 12 years, a public policy think tank that has researched a range of issues including taxation, education, justice, and welfare. From there he became the CEO of the Venn Foundation which he co-founded to provide unique educational opportunities for young adults keen to be involved in social innovation. He is also the founding Chair of Te Whakaora Tangata, an organisation restoring hundreds of families in poverty through relationship mentoring and practical support. More recently, he was CEO of Parenting Place for five years before he transitioned into an independent contractor.
Dr. Alistair Reese
Alistair is an adjunct Fellow at the University of Otago and his research and speaking interests include postcolonialism, reconciliation, and prohetism. He has postgraduate degrees in Theology, History, and Tikanga Māori. His Ph.D. in theology from the University of Auckland focused on reconciliation and Pākehā identity. Alistair is involved in local and national efforts to promote reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā and exploring understandings of what an indigenous form of Christianity might look like.