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We promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples to indigenise all the spaces we occupy.


Our Services

We work with organisations who want to adopt Mahi a Atua as their care model. We provide consultation, leadership, wānanga, training and workshops that prioritise:

  1. Affirmation of whakapapa
  2. Changing systems to improve outcomes
  3. The need to understand how institutional racism impacts the inequity for Māori
  4. Exploring concepts inhibiting societal progress; individuality, meritocracy, a-history 
  5. Becoming a Mataora (change agent)

Mahi a Atua as an indigenous strategic framework

Considered by some to be a transformative framework of care, Mahi a Atua is deliberately grounded in indigenous knowledge, active learning and feedback.  A Mahi a Atua worldview inspires success in  achieving systemic change.

Mahi a Atua as an intervention

This approach involves facilitating hui with Māori whānau and sharing traditional narratives, Māori creation stories (pūrākau), to connect with and liberate our people. It is ancestral healing, drawing from the creation and custom stories of Māori atua (gods), to better understand how our ancestors made sense of their realities. 

Mahi a Atua as a philosophy

Mahi a Atua has been referred to as a 'worldview', a Māori paradigm, an ontological transformation.  As a collective, those who engage in collective conversations using Mahi a Atua principles, are reclaiming their right to indigenising a unique way of 'studying' wisdom.  Our Māori creation and custom stories are the foundation from which we question, discuss and debate ideas about existence, knowledge, values, mind and language. 

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Tūpore-ariki, indigenising OUR way of healing through wānanga.
*Please note that this is NOT a training space, this is a space for whanau healing.

5 week blocks of live wānanga Wednesdays 08:30am to 10:30am 

Registrations NOW OPEN for Aug/Sept Wānanga Starting 31st of August 2022

*November registrations open late September

Select the training below that you wish to learn more about and/or register for.

Select the training below that you wish to learn more about and/or register for.


A virtual wānanga led by mātanga pūoro sharing the pūrākau of "The Early Battles" and kōrero about racism from the perspective of atua pūoro Māori.

Listen to pūrākau Māori through the eyes and voices of our atua pūoro Māori.

Let taonga pūoro sing you the wings to take flight while our tātai whetū, Rikki Solomon guides you through the stars as navigated by our tīpuna.

Use taonga pūoro to connect you directly to your own atuatanga through music, through kōrero, through all the layers of te pō and into te ao mārama.

You will make and use your own taonga pūoro to navigate and help shift through the intense emotions experienced as we battle racism in Aotearoa.

Delivery: delivered in 2 components: a short online component followed by a live 5 hour zoom wānanga


We are guided by three key mātāpono (principles)

Hongi Hongi te wheiwheiā
Embrace Negative Feedback

Ka mā te ariki ka mā te tauira
Remain an Active Learner 

Tēnei te po nau mai te ao
Indigenise Your Spaces


Drs' Diana Kopua & Michelle Levy, Tohunga Mark Kopua and invited guests have put together a series of publications to contribute and sanctify our ever changing world.

Te Whare Wānanga o Te Kurahuna Report 2021

An overview of our activities and finances in the 2021 financial year.


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