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 Ōtehā 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.
Ako tahi me mātou – Study with us
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Massey explores Māori cultural, educational, health and economic development. Tirohia ngā tohu kaupapa Māori. Find out about our Māori qualifications.
Ko wai mātou – Our people
Our people make us who we are. Our passionate staff are agents of positive Māori development and closely connected to their own communities.
Professor Hēmi Whaanga
Hēmi Whaanga specialises in mātauranga, indigenous methodologies, linguistics and te reo Māori, ethics and technology. His background includes research, leadership and teaching, and he has contributed at disciplinary, institutional, national and international levels.
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). It draws on Māori knowledge, ways of knowing, and associated practices to navigate towards futures that are more just, sustainable and equitable for Māori.
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.”
Whakapā mai – Contact us
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi – Manawatū campus
+64 6 356 9099 extension 84358
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi – School of Māori Knowledge
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442
(Internal postcode PN601)
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