He Kura Kāinga
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.
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.
“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