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Thu, Aug 01



TE WAIPOUNAMU- Matanga Mahi Wairua - 3 year course

Matekite / Tohunga / Author Wiremu Niania and Lesley Niania Mahi Wairua Course for Te Waipounamu

TE WAIPOUNAMU- Matanga Mahi Wairua - 3 year course
TE WAIPOUNAMU- Matanga Mahi Wairua - 3 year course

Time & Location

Aug 01, 2024, 9:00 AM GMT+12 – Aug 04, 2024, 10:00 AM GMT+12

Christchurch, 48 Watsons Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8051, 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.

Matanga Mahi Wairua - This wananga is specifically for Te Waipounamu residents, however you will not be excluded if you opt to attend from other areas. 

PRE-REQUISITE:  To have attended and completed the 1st noho of the three year course Understanding & Developing Matekite. (This may have been online or in-person).

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

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

Year Three - TAUIRA - consists of 4 x noho (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 OR contribute to a multi disciplinary team of health professionals as a Wairua consultant, create your own wananga and much more avenues. 


Who is this wananga for?

This 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 4 which concludes at 10.30am).  There are small breaks during the day.  


After completing the three day Matekite course, you may enrol in the three year Mahi Wairua Practitioner Course. The MWP Course is divided into 12 modules - the first module was the introduction course which was completed at Matekite. Each module consists of 40 hours LIVE face to face / Zoom learning, plus fortnightly /monthly tuorials between each module with Wiremu / Lesley Niania, guest tohunga or graduated Mahi Wairua Practitioners and some written assignments and oral presentations.

Pia will learn the foundational, practical application and theory of the following from ancient Te Ao Maori practices

  • Te Kete Aronui / Te Whare Wananga curriculum 
  • Spiritual safety practices and boundaries 
  • Rituals of engagement and spiritual authority 
  • Healing and case studies 
  • Holistic models of assessment - Te Haukerekere, Nga Pu ora, Te Ira Tangata 
  • Whakaweteweteu ritual 
  • Develop matekite further
  • Legislation and documentation 
  • Working collaboratively with other clinicians / practitioners 
  • Esoteric texts 
  • Guest tohunga when available


Course Fee $600 (ex. GST) per noho.  Total $1,800 ex GST first year, $2,400 year 2,3

Optional:  Marae -style accommodation is available at the venue 

We do not require full year payment up front - you may opt to just pay per noho.  You can also pay via time payments, however, noho fee must be paid prior to attending wananga.  If your organisation/funding provider require an invoice for the full year or you would like to set up time payments, please contact our administration team


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


  • Te Waipounamu - 3 year course

    This covers Noho #2 only (Noho #1 was the Matekite wananga).

    Tax: +NZ$90.00 GST



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