Our online courses are designed so that they can be completed at your own pace, in your own time. With work and study commitments, engaging with external education be a tricky commitment. Our kaiako provide ongoing support to fit your learning style and needs

Whatu Kura Toi: the stones of knowledge

What is it?

Whatu Kura Toi is our introductory online course, designed to accommodate people from all backgrounds who want to deepen their understanding of Te Ao Māori. Designed by an Indigenous education model, this course uses individual experience with our mātauranga to give truthful meaning to the past, and applying it into a creative kaupapa for the present. With our limitless means to kōrero through the digital space, the barriers to education shrink, and the enjoyment of learning emerges in a way that enhances what it means to be Māori. We believe all Māori can be active agents in weaving the fabric of modern Māori society, but first that involves carving out your best contribution to where you come from.

Navigate through six modules:

Whakapapa

Discover your whakapapa through the importance of oral narrative and recognising your position from the past and present, to navigate the future

Taonga

Learn to analyse taonga and its essential emotional and spiritual components that connect us to ancestors

Kaitiakitanga

What does Kaitiakitanga really mean? In this module we look at the ancient practices that kept not just the whenua alive, but the people too

Manaakitanga

Manaakitanga is a fundamental approach to our future, here we dive into what mana is, and how we can use it in our communities and networks

Toi Principles

This module looks at our toi principles: the necessary processes and procedures when engaging with Māori creativity, such as proper tikanga and kawa

Creative Design

We hand the last part of the module to you, where you design a unique mahi toi either by hand or digitally, using the mātauranga you've learned, accompanied by in-depth korero on its use and meaning

You will receive:


Access to our digital whare which operates through our Discord community channel. This is a safe place to kōrero about ideas, personal experience, and creativity related to Te Ao Māori. Whatu Kura Toi provides mātauranga that informs creative practice, such as incorporating oral narratives, pūrākau, and karakia which are in downloadable PDF’s for you to keep. Finish the course by incorporating the mātauranga you’ve learned into a creative design, to which you’ll receive a Māori recognised certificate of completion.

Te Kotahitanga

What is it?

This newly designed course opens up the Māori worldview and its unifying aspects for the workplace and care sector. With our diversified world, interaction is inevitable, which means being able to move and interact with a keen awareness can reshape our conceptions of who we are and what we might yet become

Navigate through five modules:

Whakapapa: Thinking Long Term

Learn how whakapapa is a fundamental concept towards leaving a legacy behind for our future descendants. In this module we look at examples of our shared past that can inform us on cooperative ways of organisation and support.

Kanohi ki te Kanohi: Rethinking Power

Power is always changing in the hands it falls into. Here, we dissect power to know what it is exactly through rigorous theory. Then, we look to our distant and not so distant ancestors who constructed philosophical frameworks on how to handle power in order to create ideas and projects which lasted centuries.

Lore & Law

Despite sounding almost identical, lore and law are two very different things. We exist in a time where Māori lore is making a resurgence; ancient knowledge and practice is regaining its value. Its in this module where we will look at the beliefs and behaviours which are determined by Māori lore by contrasting them with our current law.

The Moa in the Room: Colonisation

Colonisation is an uncomfortable kōrero for many people, Māori, and non-Māori alike. It is a part of Aotearoa’s past that has undeniably shaped what it has come to be today. Because it is something that occurred in the past, it is commonplace for people to say we should leave it there and be done with it. Although this would be ideal, unfortunately such simple logic can’t be so easily applied to the things that constituted colonisation, here we confront not just what happened, but why it happened.

Your Kaupapa

Come to know the importance of a kaupapa. Here is the opportunity to establish a way to collectively make an impact in your community, classroom, or network- improving aspects of cultural relationships that you think are important.