Kia ora Koutou!

An amazing opportunity has been created to establish a bilingual unit at Omaka Marae in partnership with Renwick School. We are very excited to announce this innovative approach to providing a bilingual kaupapa Māori learning environment.

“Te Pā Wānanga will be the incubator of the next generation of our leadership. These tamariki will become the navigators, the leaders of our families, iwi and marae.”

The story of our planned Kura has reached the National airwaves with Hania Douglas coming to do this story for us.

The Pā Wānanga Vision

To create an innovative, kaupapa Māori, learning village at Omaka Marae.

A seamless  kaupapa Māori environment  for primary and intermediate (year 1 – year 8) education.

Where succeeding as Māori and being Māori is not an extra curriculum activity but is at the centre and heart of everything we do. We have named this model Te Pā Wānanga.

“He tangata akona ki te marae tū ki te ao, tau ana”

“A child who is raised in the comfort of the village stands in the world with confidence”

Te Pā Wānanga is an extension of other successful cultural initiatives such as Pā Kids and the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Mana Rangatahi wānanga.

The big difference is the amount of time our tamariki will spend in this space will dramatically increase.

“He tangata akona ki te marae tū ki te ao, tau ana”

“A child who is raised in the comfort of the village stands in the world with confidence”

Nōu Te Ao

…a world of possibilities

Imagine a world where our marae, our whenua and moana are the classrooms. where our cultural identity, language and knowledge are the centre post of the curriculum.

An environment where our tamariki are confident in their Māoritanga.  Where academic or sporting attainment does not mean compromising your culture and identity. Where succeeding as Māori is the norm.

Where our tamariki, parents and kaumātua learn together.

Nau mai ki te Pā Wānanga!

Mauipreneur – Student Profile

  • Well mannered and courteous
  • Confident in their cultural identity
  • At least bilingual in Te Reo and English
  • A navigator for their whānau and iwi
  • Innovative and social entrepreneur
  • Exponent in Māori performing arts and martial art
  • Academic and sporting
  • Participate in the global village but from a local perspective
  • Masters of themselves and their craft and take action


Where are we at now?

Secured seeding funding from Te Pūtahitanga to investigate the establishment of a kura

Partnership between Omaka Marae and Renwick School. Both Omaka Marae and Renwick School bring a unique skill set to the partnership which we believe will contribute to Te Pā Wānanga being a robust and innovative model

Secured support and funding from Ministry of Education to build classrooms onsite at Omaka Marae

The building of the classrooms will commence in September and be completed before the start of next year

It is envisioned that Te Pā Wānanga will begin first term 2018

Te Pā Wānanga is now taking expression forms of interest for whānau who would like to enrol their tamariki

Above and below: Conceptual designs of the planned Omaka, Te Pā Wānanga classroom buildings.

Uru Mai – Enrol Now!

We are now taking expression of interest forms from whānau who are interested in enrolling their child/children into Te Pā Wānanga at the start of 2018. To help build a project role we are also interested in receiving registrations from whānau with pre-school children.

Please fill out the expression of interest form attached.

Expression Of Interest Form

There are two ways to complete the expression of interest forms. Download the PDF below, fill it in and email it back to, or click the button below to fill in the online form.

[Expression Of Interest Form] – Download

For more information contact:

Kiley Nepia –
Simon Heath –
Rita Powick