Why Choose Us?

He Kura Kāinga

Considering studying te reo Māori? Honestly, best decision ever. But with so many different options we know it can be an overwhelming decision.

Find a home with us.

Te Wānanga Ihorangi is fully committed to your success as a language learner. We want to be your home away from home during these important years of study, reclamation, and growth.

By choosing Te Wānanga Ihorangi, this is what you can expect:


Our primary mode of learning is done in a total immersion setting. This includes our non-accredited kura reo and our NZQA Diplomas in te reo Māori. We know this can sound really scary for some, but this has been proven to be the best way to accelerate the language acquisition of students.


Our programmes will encourage and challenge each student to pursue te reo Māori to the highest level. We are committed to forming graduates who write, read, and speak te reo Māori with real-world confidence.

Tiaki Mauri

Reclaiming te reo Māori can be a long and hard process. For some Māori language learners, the classroom environment is fraught with feelings of inadequacy, historical pain and never feeling ‘Māori enough’. Yeah, we know these stories, and it breaks our hearts.

Te Wānanga Ihorangi has created a learning environment that takes language trauma seriously. We have supportive and understanding kaiako, wrap-around pastoral support, a great teacher-student ratio, in-class kaiāwhina, catch-up sessions, and space for one-on-one tutorials every Friday. Te Wānanga Ihorangi can’t replace the hard work, courage, and dedication you will need to reclaim te reo Māori. However, we are committed to removing as many of the in-class barriers that stop our students from succeeding.


Our wānanga recognises and encourages a philosophy of reciprocal learning within our programmes. Our kaiako, kaiāwhina, students, kaumātua, pakeke, and school-leavers all have something to bring that will enrich our learning environment. Yes, that includes you too! As a kaupapa, Te Wānanga Ihorangi also puts a high priority on community input and we will actively seek and implement your feedback as each year progresses.


While our diplomas are officially recognised as te reo Māori qualifications, you can expect to learn a whole lot about whakapono while studying with us. This will include karakia, using Te Paipera Tapu as a primary resource, and studying the history of Te Rongopai in Aotearoa.

Te Whakatinanatanga

Have you ever been asked to run karakia on your marae? Or organise a whakatau? Or sit on the taumata? Our programmes are focused on building your confidence and ability to contribute within your whānau, hapū, iwi, and work contexts. Our curriculum is grounded in the every-day and will prepare you to participate and lead within your community settings.
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“Ko te kaupapa o Te Wānanga Ihorangi he kaupapa i hua mai i te kōingo nui o te ngākau ki te whakatū i tētahi kaupapa hei akiaki i te reo ki te horopaki o te whakapono. I tipu ahau ki te Haahi Iriiri, i tipu hoki ahau ki roto i te Hāhi Ringatū ki runga i ōku marae, ki ngā rekereke o ōku tīpuna – kīhai taku whakapono me taku Māoritanga i tukituki, kīhai taku reo me taku whakapono i tukituki.

He kura tēnei mō te katoa, mātua rā ko te reo Māori – ko te reo Māori te oranga o te ahurea Māori. Whakakotahi mai e te iwi, kia hāpaitia te reo Māori, kia horapa whānui te kakara o te reo Māori ki ngā tōpito katoa o te motu. Kia tapatahi te ngākau mō te reo te take, ahakoa ngā wehenga ā-whakapono, ā-iwi, ā-aha ake rānei mā roto i te aroha me te tūmanako.”

Anameka Paenga (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai),
Te Wānanga Ihorangi Tumuaki | Co-Principal

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