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Kāuru is a provider of Māori education, specialising in teaching te reo Māori to the education workforce, providing a mana whenua lens over the Wellington and Manawatū regions which contributes significantly to the authenticity of their te reo Māori programmes.


Kāuru has an innate ability to combine Māori education, Māori design and Māori ways of thinking to produce localised, contextualised and well-resourced te reo Māori programmes for participants.


MAI I TE KORE KI TE AO MĀRAMA – This kōrero symbolises the very ethos of Kāuru as an organisation and community. In one light it depicts the creation narratives of the Māori from Te Kore (The Void: The realm of potential), to Te Ao Mārama (The realm of enlightenment). These narratives explain the world we see as Māori and is the lens through which Kāuru views all interactions with the world and all living connections
(Te Ao Māori).


Kāuru has a simple philosophy based on a Māori world view. The philosophy commits to ensuring that participants experience a journey of language learning that will have a profound and enduring effect on their teaching practice. The approach to delivery combines a sensitive and positive learning environment that is ideal for Māori and non-Māori alike.


Kāuru has been endorsed by three iwi to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in their iwi regions. These iwi include:

  • Ngāti Raukawa te au ki te tonga – Region: Horowhenua, Manawatū and Rangitikei District; and

  • Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Toa – Region: Kapiti Coast District, Porirua City, Lower Hutt City and Wellington City.


 Michaela Evans

Kaiako – Teacher: Eastern Hutt School, Hutt Valley


"The reason I initially chose Kāuru is because they have a mana whenua focus, but I soon realised Kāuru was the right provider for me because of their incredible whanaungatanga.

The kaiako have all gone out of their way to ensure we are supported and confident to transfer our learning straight into our own classrooms. Collectively they have modeled patience, optimism and team work.

Teachers can be difficult customers, when we're used to calling the shots every day. But Kāuru have brought us all on board their waka of equity and inclusion with the shared vision to uplift te reo Māori.

The program has been run efficiently and with a strong curriculum and clear communication. Everyone is busy, however you won't regret making the commitment to start your reo journey with Kāuru".

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