Hawaiki Kura – Ancestral FutureA whare wānanga model dedicated to developing and sustaining future generations of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō cultural practitioners.


This presentation will showcase how Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō has constructed a contemporary whare wānanga (Indigenous Institute of higher knowledge) specifically designed to engage and develop the youth of the tribe as a solution to reverse the effects of loss of language and culture.

This whare wānanga is dedicated to transforming the participants from Te Kore, a state of not knowing to te ao mārama the state of enlightenment and being a cultural exponent for the iwi.

Based on the traditional whare wānanga this model also utilises innovative and contemporary teaching techniques. This concept is known as Hawaiki Kura, Ancestral future.