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Thu, Feb 22


Nga Hau e Wha National Marae


Matekite / Tohunga / Author Wiremu Niania and Lesley Niania present three days of intensive wananga - Wairuatanga, Matekite and Mahi Wairua.

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Time & Location

Feb 22, 2024, 8:30 AM GMT+13 – Feb 25, 2024, 10:30 AM GMT+13

Nga Hau e Wha National Marae, 250 Pages Road, Wainoni, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand

About the event

Matekite/Tohunga - Wiremu Niania - Co-author of Award winning book, Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy - Tataihono: Stories of Maori healing in Psychiatry, and his wife, Lesley Niania, (Mahi Wairua lead Trainor) facilitate this interactive noho that merges three of our wananga. 



Offered to individuals and professionals.  You can select this option ONLY if you wish. 

Thursday 22nd February from 8.30am - 4.00pm.  

Interactive topics covered:

  • Background / Tohunga Suppression and its impact
  • Nga Kete Wananga and how they work in hauora and in whanau
  • Defining Wairua and its role in Nga Kete wananga and today's changing society
  • How is intergenerational trauma addressed through a Wairua lead approach
  • Whakawetewete restoration of tapu 
  • The topics covered in Wairuatanga are is merely an introduction.  These topics are covered in depth during the three days wananga.



Understanding and Developing Matekite.

This wananga is offered to individuals who want to know more about their spiritual gifts and how to begin to develop them in a safe space. 

Thursday 22nd February 8.30am - Sunday 25th February 10.30am

There are a number of different people this wananga is for.  Perhaps you are one of the following?

  • You wonder if you are matekite (you see things, experience things, hear things, know things etc) and you want to understand  what you experience
  • As a child you had spiritual experiences but because you had no one to make sense of these things, you "turned it off".  Now you feel drawn here again and want to know more.
  • You have moments when you are in the "Zone" but feel it happens randomly, not all the time and want to know how to develop it more.
  • You have been using your matekite gift and want to develop it to help others
  • Or you just KNOW you have to attend this wananga - you don't know why - you just know you need to

Some of the interactive topics that are covered in this wananga are:

  • identify your preferred modality - hearing, seeing, feeling, knowing etc - 12 senses
  • learn how to develop these modalities further in a safe environment
  • History and our loss of matekitetanga in society
  • How do we flow with wairua and release blockages in ourselves so we can help others
  • Recognising wairua with clarity - how to know it's wairua and not you
  • Putting your giftings into practice / confirmations
  • Learn the boundaries of wairua - operate within them
  • Safe practice - for yourself and others / integrity / authenticity



Matanga Mahi Wairua - the 1st noho of the three year course (which is Wairuatanga and Matekite).  

Thursday 22nd February 8.30am - Sunday 25th February 10.30am

Year One - PIA -  consists of 3 x noho marae in Te Waipounamu and 1 x Zoom.  

Year Two - TAURA - consists of 3 x noho marae in Te Waipounamu and 1 x ZOOM.

Year Three - TAUIRA - consists of 4 x noho marae (practicum)

Delve deeper in to developing your matekitetanga while focussing on complete, holistic health and well-being utilising health models unique to Te Whare Wananga.  At the completion of this tohu, learners will be able to establish their own healing practise mentored by Mahi Wairua Tohunga and Practitioners, contribute to a multi disciplinary team of health professionals as a Wairua consultant, create your own wananga and much more avenues. 



Who are these wananga for?

This is wananga is designed for individuals and professionals of all ethnicities and beliefs concerned with the health and wellbeing of their whanau and / or those in their communities seeking wellness utilising a Te Ao Maori framework based on the ancient teachings of Te Whare Wananga.


Each day starts at 9am and concludes at 9pm ( except for DAY 1 which starts at 8.30am and DAY 4 which concludes at 10.30am).  There are small breaks during the day.  



Course Fee $1,400 (ex. GST) *There are other options available.

Fee includes all meals and marae accommodation


If you would like to have a time payment option, please note that the total fee must be paid prior to attending wananga).  


Refund policy

  1. Full refund available upon written request up to and including 31st January 2024. 
  2. Due to associated costs to coordinate this wananga with the marae and their workers, from 1st February 2024 up to 12th February 2024, a refund less 50% will be processed upon written request.
  3. From 13th February 2024 to 19th February 2024, a refund less 75% will be processed upon written request. 
  4. From 20th February 2024 up until the event, no refund will be processed.


PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM / JUNK MAIL.  Upon registration an IMMEDIATE confirmation email is sent. 

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