At Te Pūtahi-a-Toi – School of Māori Knowledge we are committed to producing graduates and research inspired by te ao Māori (the Māori world). We contribute to te ao whānui (the wider world), especially those communities where we live, work and play.
Haere mai rā ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, ki Te Pūtahi-a-Toi. Tomokia te whare ako, te whare o te mātauranga, kia tīkina mai ai ngā kete o te wānanga. Mā tēnei ara, e tutuki ai ngā wawata me ngā tūmanako e ngākaunuitia ana mō te rangi āpōpō. Haere mai ki ōna whenua kura, ko Turitea ki Manawatū, ko Otehā ki Ōkahukura, ko Pukeahu ki Te Ūpoko o Te Ika. Ko Te Pūrehuroa e whakahuatia nei, he rarangi whetū ki te rangi, he hīnātore ki te māramatanga. Inā hoki, ahakoa he tīmatanga, kāhore he mutunga o tēnei mahi te whai i te mātauranga. Nō reira, nau mai, kia mārama ai ngā pūmanawa, kia pakari ai ngā pūkenga. Ka ea te kōrero, mā tini, mā mano ka rapa te whai, ka hua ai te wānanga.
Warm greetings to you all and we hope Te Pūtahi-a-Toi is part of the next steps in your knowledge journey.
The name of Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, is a symbolic reference to the pursuit of knowledge. Te Pūrehuroa represents the infinite constellations of stars that radiate the skies above us, illuminating a pathway towards a future you will cultivate and forge during your time at Massey.
The acquisition of knowledge brings with it a lifelong commitment to learning and is a journey without end from inception to infinity. We also encourage you to draw inspiration from te ao Māori and in the spirit of the great knowledge seeker Tāne, we hope your time here is fulfilling, that you prepare yourself well for the challenges ahead of you, and that you may aspire to attain ultimate success.
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How we fit
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi is part of the:
Ko wai mātou
Our people make us who we are. Our passionate staff are agents of positive Māori development and closely connected to their own communities.
Associate Professor Margaret Forster
Margaret Forster teaches in the area of Māori knowledge and development, supervising a range of postgraduate research projects exploring the mana-enhancing application of culture to contemporary contexts.
Associate Professor Darryn Joseph
An award-winning author and expert lecturer, Darryn Joseph helps students and readers grow in confidence with te reo Māori. Darryn has been writing in te reo since the early 2000s. His creative works include young adult fiction and stories for tamariki. Darryn also writes on topics such as Māori immersion education, how to compose haka, and how to write poetry in te reo Māori.
Mari Ropata-Te Hei
He Pukenga Whakaako ki roto i te hōtaka o Te Aho Tātairangi me Te Aho Paerewa, me te tohu pouako ka whakaakohia ki te reo Māori mo ngā pouako Kura Kaupapa Māori - Te Aho Matua o Aotearoa.
I tōna wā kua noho hei kaiwhakaako, kātahi hei tumuaki ki roto i tē Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito , ā ki Turoa Kohanga Reo hoki.
Associate Professor Fiona Te Momo
Fiona Te Momo focuses on the development of indigenous knowledge and Māori development – social, political and economic development. This includes Māori land, social work practices, whānau development, and a Māori perspective of biotechnology.
Professor Huia Jahnke
Huia Jahnke's research interests include Māori and Indigenous education, Indigenous research methodologies, and the ethics of knowledge production. Her first career, as a primary school teacher in South Auckland, gave her insights into where education wasn’t working for Māori and Pacific children.
Dr Felicity Ware
Felicity Ware applies philosophies such as kaupapa Māori, matauranga, pūrākau and tikanga to hauora, whānau ora, parenting for Māori, Māori infant and maternal health and wellbeing, and Māori youth development.
Dr Rangi Mātāmua
Rangi Mātāmua is an expert in Māori scientific knowledge, astronomy and navigation. He travels extensively throughout the country giving public lectures about Matariki and Māori astronomy. In 2020 he received the Prime Minister's Science Communications Prize, and has been a leading proponent of making Matariki a public holiday.
Rangahau – Research
Our staff and students engage in research projects that cover Māori development, health, language, education and more. Our research is informed by te ao Māori (the Māori world) and draws on Māori knowledge, ways of knowing, and associated practices to navigate towards futures that are more just, sustainable and equitable for Māori.
Examples of how our academics create and share new knowledge.
He Tātai Whenua: A Te Ao Māori landscape classification
Prof Jonathan Procter (Muaupoko, Ngāi Tahu), Associate Prof Hone Morris (Ngāi Te Rangitotohu, Ngāti Mārau, Ngāti Maru)
Modern environmental mapping systems can provide almost everything there is to know about the environment, except what Māori know about it. This project brings together mātauranga and the latest geographic information systems to improve environmental reporting, decision-making and monitoring.
He Iti Te Kupu: Māori Metaphors and Similes
A book by Massey's Hona Black of about 500 metaphors and similes to help te reo Māori speakers embellish their language. The title draws on the proverb "The words are small, yet their meanings are substantial", which highlights the importance of these sayings to te reo Māori language learning and speaking.
Te Aukume a Hine te Iwaiwa: Health of Māori Māmā and Pēpi
Dr Felicity Ware (Ngāpuhi)
This project establishes a national multi-disciplinary mothers and babies Māori health research group to support more Māori-led research and collaborations with Māori health professionals and whānau. It emerged from a workshop on Māori models of pregnancy care at Auckland Hospital.
The project will develop an evidence base of what works for Māori, to inform better planning of research for maternal, infant, whānau health services.
Te Whare Tapa Whā digital project
In 2020, with the blessing of Professor Sir Mason Durie (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata), the hauora team at Te Pūtahi-a-Toi started refreshing and digitalising Te Whare Tapa Wha to create an interactive digital teaching resource. It is due for release soon.
Kāhui ākonga onamata – Meet our graduates
“Young people are contributing to the future of the language and making it relevant to their lives. If any generation is likely to show the future of te reo Māori it’ll be those who can speak Māori, and it’ll be the younger generation who’ve been raised through Māori medium education.”
“What I took away from the te reo course component was a stronger foundation of tikanga (protocols and custom), cultural identity and personal value as a Māori.”
Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mate
“It was a great programme, all in Māori. He tohu pai, katoa i te reo Māori.”
Contact Te Pūtahi-a-Toi – School of Māori Knowledge
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi – Manawatū campus
+64 6 356 9099 extension 84358