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Whaikōrero Wānanga

In ancient times the scared wānanga began each year upon the Autumn Equinox and ended upon the Spring Equinox. The Autumn equinox was last Sunday, 21 March 2010.

Te Whare Wānanga o Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu was established by Sam Rerekura to teach the ancient art of Ngāpuhi speechmaking to men specifically from the Taitokerau.

If you are from one of the tribes presented below and live in South Auckland then apply now for a placement on the programme in 2010. Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāpuhi or Ngāti Whātua. There are only a minimum number of positions available for the stage one programme. To apply now, email me on sam.rerekura@clear.net.nz.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm in Manurewa. The programme will start in March 2011 and end in September the same year. The programme will comprise of 21 classes in total. However, it is important to note that there will be no classes during the school holidays. The programme will cover, Tauparapara, Tangata Whenua, Manuhiri, Hunga Mate, Apiti Hono and Pāeke. You are only allowed to miss three classes. You must have a good memory and have a basic ability to read, write and pronounce the Ngāpuhi language.

State Funding
The Māori Language Commission, Te Waka Toi and Te Puni Kōkiri continue to decline the wānanga and its applications for government funding. This was especially evident during Helen Clark’s feminist Labour administration while Parekura Horomia from Ngāti Porou was Minister of Māori Affairs.

Again Peter Sharple’s ‘Mau Rākau’ (Māori weaponry/martial art) programmes receive thousands of dollars annually. Inhindsight, Mau Rākau is an inferior sub-discipline of the wānanga.

Whaikōrero, on the other hand is a superior discipline of the ancient wānanga. Te Whare Wānanga o Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu will teach 21 classes for the entire year. You will need to purchase the prescribed texts, Tauparapara, Tangata Whenua, Manuhiri,and Hunga Mate. You will also receive lecture notes at some classes.

The image below is an ancient whatu stone of the wananga. When Tāne ascended into the heavens to acquire the three baskets of knowledge he also returned with two sacred whatu stones obtained from Io-i-te-wānanga. Upon Tāne’s return to this world he decided to give himself another title, Tāne-i-te-wānanga or Tāne of esoteric knowledge.

The mysteries of the wānanga reveal that the place of Tāne’s descent is located at a sacred site atop the magnificent mountains of the Himalayan range in Irihia or India. It is here where Tāne left the two whatu stones exactly upon the spot of his descent. Oral tradition tells us that it took three days of tracking up through the mountains to get to the sacred site where a Marae Temple was built with a stone ātea courtyard which had a large stone edifice erected in the middle of the marae plaza.

Every tohunga priest who graduated from the wānanga were invested with two miniature whatu stones and were given specific instruction to tie them permanently to the hip section of their paki to forever remind them of their divine ancestor Tāne who acquired the sacred baskets of knowledge from the heavens for the benefit of our people. Each minature whatu stone can be traced back to the mauri of the original whatu stones of Tāne-i-te-wānanga. The last person of my hapū that had whatu stones from the wānanga died 22 years ago. I have two whatu stones of my own which came from a tūāhu altar from my great-grand father’s people. His name was Whiu te Hira. My great-grandfather was apart of the wānanga circuit where he was frequently visited in Whirinaki by Himiona Kāmira and Toki Pangari to mention a few alumni of his generation.

I celebrate an unbroken succession of the wānanga conclave through my uncles and other distinguished men from the Hokianga who administered to my instruction as a youth. Noted tribal elders like Mack Taylor, Piri Iraia, Toro Ihaka, Rameka Cope, Brian Wīkairā, Gordon Leef and Ben te Wake were all my teachers in Whirinaki. My uncles Albert Walters, Joe Wynyard and Cleve Barlow were all students that attended wānanga classes taught by Matu Mākiha in Manurewa in the 1950′s to 1970′s. They have all since passed away now where I am left with the opportunity to select others to enter the wānanga tradition.

Finally, it is important for me to inform you that the State does not own Mātauranga Māori. The Crown does not own the ancient wānanga. The Ministry of Education and its Māori employees do not control wānanga that existed before the arrival of European to our country of Aotearoa. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Tertiary Education Commission have no MANA in the wānanga.

Nā reira, haere mai koutou katoa tō mātou nuinga.

Sam Rerekura
Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Certificate of Tertiary Teaching.
Director, Te Whare Wānanga o Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu

Whatu Stone

23 Responses to “Whaikōrero Wānanga”

  1.   Aterea Rapira Says:

    Tena koe e te tuakana, ko Aterea Rapira taku ingoa he uri tenei no Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri. Tuatahi ka tuku mihi maioha ki a koe kia ora tonu ai i enei ahuatanga o te whaikorero mo tatou nga uri whakatupuranga kia pikautia. Ahakoa i mau ai i toku reo no te ti, no te ta, kei Tamaki ki te uru e noho ana, moku ake te honore mehemea ka taea te whakauru atu ki te kaupapa nei.


  2.   Karl Says:

    kia ora Sam finally found your site mean korero bro i hope i am able to join the wananga if their are any spots left you may remember I emailed you then, joined your facebook page, I mentioned that I was in Te Kupenga Maori Club (Intermediates at the time) with Terehia and all the other rug rats, however if I have missed out I would still like to stay in touch. I came across your Tauparapara series at the Manukau Maori Research Library, and wound like to be apart of what yous are doing in Manurewa, naku noa Karl Paraha

  3.   Te Ngako-o-Te-Rangi Says:

    Love to gain a position and am from Te Rarawa ki Hokianga (Pōnguru) = Panguru.

  4.   samrerekura1 Says:

    Ki a koe ano hoki rā e Aterea. Ngā manaakitanga o Rehua i tau ki runga i a koe i tenei wā. Koutou katoa to mātou nuinga i whakatakoto korero mai ki runga i taku whārangi ipurangi. Hoinō tākū Sam

  5.   Mike Says:

    Tena Koe Sam, this is something that i would like to and am also willing to learn. I am not a speakerr of te reo but have enough to get me by which really isnt enough if im to stand on my marae. I descend from Te Rarawa me Te Waiariki o Ponguru ( Whakarapa) It would be really appreciated to get some sort of feed back from you via email if this is possible. Nga mihi o te wa ki a koe.

  6.   samrerekura1 Says:

    The next whaikōrero wananga I will conduct will be in late March early April upon the Autumn Equinox in 2011 in South Auckland. I follow the traditional wananga season during the winter months used by our ancestors in the Hokianga. No other wānanga does this yet unless they have begun copying me. I lead in Whaikōrero teaching methods because I’ve been doing it for some time now and I was trained by Mack Taylor et al. That bastard Erima Henare in the Maori Language Commission continues to decline my applications for funding every year. He does not want me to compete with his son’s wānanga in Taumārere. He is jealous of what I am doing and does not want my wānanga to be successful. On the sam note, he does give money to his son in Ngati Hine (Kawakawa) to teach his wānanga. Those Ngāti Hine are anti-Hokianga and also very much anti-Catholic of which I am both. Genealogically Erima Henare is from the House of Uenuku Kuware who are of the Taumārere region. I am from the House of Kaharau of the Hokianga region. Uenuku’s descendants are anti-Hokianga and have a thing against Kaharau unfortunately.You are welcome to study with me (if you have the basics) as one of my students as you are from the Hokianga. I will start looking for year one students soon. I need enough students in year one to start classes. Year two and three are full. Request to be friends with the ‘Whaikorero Wananga’ on Facebook to keep updated.

    Interestingly enough, Peter Sharples from Ngāti Kahungunu, co-leader of the Māori Party celebrated in the latest Mā Te Reo Newsletter that in 2010 $40,000.00 was approved by the Māori Language Commission for classes in Australia. What he fails to inform the NZ taxpayer is that the Australian contracts were awarded to Stafford Paewai who is also Ngāti Kahungunu and a son of Manahi Paewai, a board member on the Mā Te Reo Committee that approves the funding. Peter Sharples and Manahi Paewai are both Protestant-Anglican. So it is all about who you know and not what you know. Those anglo-natives know how to feather their own nests boy. What I would suggest is that you vote for Sam Rerekura for the Tāmaki Makaurau electorate, Tangata Whenua Party in the next General Election in 2011 so I can deal to these bastards politically.

    Hoinō tāku.
    Sam Rerekura B.Ed, Dip.Tchg, Dip.Film & TV, Cert.Tert Tchg.

  7.   Te Ngako-o-Te-Rangi Says:

    E hoa Haami I would love to attend your next Whaikōrero Wānanga in April-March e hoa. Let me know how I need to apply to secure a place. Kia ora e hoa. Panguru -Papata, Te Rākau Tūpatapata i tū ki te tai hauāuru.

    Te Ngako-o-te-Rangixx

  8.   Ron Says:

    Tena koe e mete

    E koa ana au tou whārangi ipurangi.

    Ko Whakarongorua te Maunga
    Ko Nga Tokimatawhaorua te waka
    Ko Nukutawhiti toku tupuna
    Ko Hokianga te Moana
    Ko Utakura te Awa
    Ko Nga Puhi nui tonu toku Iwi
    Ko Te Popoto te Hapu
    Ko Ron ahau

    Very happy to find your web page, and i would like to know when you will be holding your wananga in March and were will it be held please.
    I was reading your pukapuka “whaikorero Wananga 1. very great to find this, it is very hard to find Nga Puhi korero, whaikorero.

    Kia ora Sam

  9.   Irene Says:

    Tena Koe Sam I am interested in your wananga do you have classes in the north Kaikohe, Kawakawa area. Irene

  10.   Sam Rerekura Says:

    I do not teach women as whaikorero is a male discipline. Sorry. If you look for a Ngāti Hine provider they will be able to help you as women are allowed to mihi within their tribal area. Hoināno.

  11.   te aroha waarena Says:

    Teenaa anoo koe e te tungane.
    Naa runga anoo i waau naa, kei te mihi.
    He uri whakaheke teenei noo te whare tapu o Ngaaphui nui tonu, araa, ko Pukerata te marae, ko Otaua te hau kaainga.
    Teenaa koa, whakamaaramahia ma he aha te take e kore ai ngaa waahine o Ngaapuhi naa e taea te whaikoorero?he pai noa ki au i te mea hei te mutunga iho, noo te raawhiti hoki au me te mea anoo hoki, runga tonu i te rongopai,ehara noouu te tohutohu mai ki au – ki etahi atu pea he pai, eengari ki au waiho ooku ki au anoo maaku eenaa e whakatau.I runga anoo i te whakaaro he mana too te waahine, he mana too te reo, aa he mana reo too te waahine hei koorerotanga moona, moo tonna whaanau, hapuu, iwi hoki – ki te kore he mouomou.Peehea moo Muriwhenua? i au i TKKM o Te Rangianiwaniwa ko taa Aunty Hilda Harawira, he reo mana toona hei aha? hei whaikoorero – hei te mutunga he pai. Noo te Raawhiti tooku papa (Paraone – Brown\Waaka – Walker), nooku te mihi maioha kaha nei raatou ki te whakanui i te waahine me aa raatou mahinga maarika peenei i a Wairaka, Muriwai maa.Me whakamanahia te waahine ka tika, ka tika aa kaati raa.
    Heeoi anoo, noo te whare tapu naa tooku Whaea, kei Otaua tonu toku Koroua e noho ana hei whakakaangia nei i ngaa ahikoomau o te hau kaainga ki too Puhanga Tohora piringa…he whaangai hoki au noo raatou…teenaa koa, he paatai taku kei te kimi haere taku iramutu i tetehi tauparapara he poto, he maarika toona ngako, eengari noo Ngaapuhi nui tonu….kei te kura kaupapa tonu ia.He aawhina taau moo teenei? mauri ora

  12.   Sam Rerekura Says:

    Kia ahatia, koia tera te tikanga i tuku iho ki ahau nā oku mātua i runga te taumata i ako i te wā e nohinohi ana i te kāinga roto Whirinaki. Hore rawa he tikanga rerekē atu ki tenei. Ka aroha atu. Ahakoa pehea rā ngā tikanga hou o te ao e huri rorirori nei inaianei e ū tonu ana ahau ki nga tikanga me nga akonga i korero mai ki a ahau nā oku mātua ahakoa kua mate inaini. He tikanga tō Ngai Tū he tikanga ano tō Te Hikutū. Me te pai hoki tenei āhuatanga i waenganui i a tāua. Te rereke ngā tikanga o Ngāti Hine me tetahi atu iwi o te kāinga, e pai ana. Engari kahore ahau i huri. Kahore ahau i whakaako wāhine i te whaikōrero. He tikanga tuku iho ki a ahu. Noho ora mai.

  13.   te aroha waarena Says:

    Teenaa anoo koe e mara,kia ahatia??..he kupu kore whai hua.Meinga,heeoi anoo meenaa he peeraa anoo too aahua oouu naa whakaaro hoki, he pai noa, kaaore he raru i au.Ka hoki au ki Ngai Tuu, ako ai ki tooku kooroua taha.I te whakahua whakaaro noa au, kooinaa i ahu mai te blog ne raa?mo te tui whakaaro a teenaa a teenaa,ananaka, ananaka – ehara i te mea he wero kua tukuna ki a koe, e hika e.Moohio maarika te manu taiko nei ki waauu naa, kooiraa au i tuia whakaaro ai.Koinaa noa iho:)ka kata a Kae.Noho ora mai hoki koe.Nga mihi.

  14.   Gary Says:

    KIa ora Sam

    Ko Gary toku ingoa
    The date today is 6/6/11 was just wondering if you will be running some classes this year or if they have already started? can you give me some more information really keen to learn how to whaikorero kia ora.

    KO Puhunga Tohoro te Maunga
    Ko Otaua te Awa
    Ko Nga tokimatawhaorua te waka
    Ko Nga te pakau me te mahururu oku hapu
    Ko pukerata te marae
    Ko ngapuhi nui tonu te iwi

  15.   Hineira King Says:

    I like to know where I can go to learn Ngapuhi dialect or the Ngapuhi language.

    I am a desendant of Ngapuhi and would like to go to class that everyday to learn the language.

    Can you tell me where I could find courses offering this…


  16.   Rik Retimana Says:

    Ko Ramaroa te Maungatapu
    Ko Whirinaki te Awa
    Ko Hokianga ‘hakapau Karakia te Moana
    Ko Matai Aranui te Marae
    Ko Te Hikutu te Hapu
    No te Whānau Paratene ahau, ā, he uri tēnei nō Merepeka rāua ko Tui
    Arā, he mihi tēnei kia koe Hami
    i ngana ahau ki te kōrero kia a koe i runga i te puka mata heoi kaore anō koe i ‘hakahoki kōrero mai. Otira e hiahia ana ahau kia uru ki roto i te wānanga o te whaikōrero. Ko tōku patai kia koe ka ahei tēnei te uru atu ki roto i te karaehe mai i te skype i te mea kei Whangarei ahau e noho ana?

  17.   Hema Wihongi Says:

    Kia ora e Haami, Ka tutaki taua i Poneke ite wa he kaimahi e koe i te whare paremata. Tino harikoa ahau ki te kite tenei kaupapa, taku patai ki a koe, ko wai to matua tupuna i te whare wananga o Toki Pangari ma? Mauri ora.

  18.   Sam Rerekura Says:

    I am from the Hokianga. I am also a descendant of Kaharau. Toki Pangari, Whiu te Hira, Mita Waru Puku and Himiona Kamira are all from the wananga in the Hokianga and are well written in the wananga from the Hokianga. Our tradition is different from yours as you are from the Taumarere and descend from Uenuku kuware. Our wananga tradition is traced back to Ngātokimatawhaorua and Mamari that landed in the Hokianga not far from where Whirinaki is located. Our wananga tradition didn’t fall far from the where the canoes landed in the Hokianga harbour. We hold on to our kaharau tradition of the wananga and did not mix with those from Taiamai. All the above authorities of the wananga mentioned were all Catholic where they didn’t mix with protestant and mormon Maori of that time. They didn’t even mix with the protestant maori of their own village ie Morunga, Wikaira etc. They kept our wananga tradition alive only among our Catholic kin. They would have received their wananga training from their fathers and grandfathers traced all the way back to Kupe. What else can I say. Your wananga tradition is very different from my hokianga slash Catholic tradition of the wananga as I know that your wihongi moronic tradition has recreated itself and changed parts of the original wananga knowledge to include Lehi and are very mormon slant of Maori history and migration. The thing is that there is no archaeological nor linguistic evidence found in our history to prove mormon theories. Not even our oral tradition has any korero to tautoko mormon fables. I hope you are now clear with where my position is on the tradition I uphold.

  19.   Sam Rerekura Says:

    I can’t help you. Erima Henare from Ngati Hine blocks my access to state funding to teach Ngapuhi reo and whaikorero. He is a descendant of Colonel Robert Henry Wynyard who confiscated large tracks of native lands from Tauranga through Waikato to the Taranaki. Tau Henare is also a descendant of this English land thief. They changed their name to Henare to hide any association with their honky ancestor and embarrassing past. The Crown rewards its illligitimate native decsendants of English War lords by appointing them to high positions in the State. Erima to commission the Maori language and Tau to Parliament. The Crown knows how to look after its own native sprogs. As I ran against Peter Sharples and the Maori Party once I also have been declined state funds by Maori Party supporters and friends on funding boards as a result. He take utu tenei naku. Maku whakaea kia whaimana ano. Kia ora koe. Take your take up with these people.

  20.   Sam Rerekura Says:

    Bro, Peter Sharples is the one who declines funds to me to teach whaikorero. Take it up with him and his Maori Party supporters on the funding boards he appoints his mates onto. I would love to teach you. I am not able to because they control the funding. Go and speak to him about it.

  21.   Sam Rerekura Says:

    Merepeka Tui (Nikora) was the scribe for Judge Manning. She claimed that my ancestors Te Ika-ā-huka and Te Hira were not from Whirinaki when they are. The whakapapa tables state clearly our lines of descent from Te Kerewheti, Tamatea, Haerekitera, Te Miringa, Taonui and Pare. If my whānau knew what I know about how deceitful Merepeka Tui was they would not be happy at all. Bloody Wikaira’s slippery shady barstards. All Anglicans and Mormons. No conscience of sin like us Catholics. Oh well what goes round comes around.

  22.   Hema Wihongi Says:

    Kia ora Sam, yes you are correct I do come from Kaikohe and from Uenuku who is tuakana to Kaharau, however you probably do not know that my tupuna is Toki Pangari, my mother is Del Wihongi who was bought up by Toki (Tupu), on my Wihongi side, my dads karani was Maraea Witheira, te tuahine o Whautere raua ko Paora Witehira. My question was what is your whakapapa to us, would like to understand what our whanaungatanga links are from the wananga? Noho ora mai

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