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About Te Wānanga o Raukawa



Te Wānanga o Raukawa is a tikanga Māori tertiary education provider based in Ōtaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Hailed at the time as the 'smallest university in the world' Te Wānanga o Raukawa was established by the Raukawa Marae Trustees in 1981 with only two students.

A special and unique place of learning, Te Wānanga o Raukawa has become recognised over the last 30 years as an opportunity for all to learn within a tikanga Māori community under the principles of the iwi development strategy Whakatupuranga Rua Mano: Generation 2000.

Whakatupuranga Rua Mano captured the health and wellbeing aspirations of the ART Confederation of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga iwi in the lower North Island of Aotearoa. These are the founding iwi of Te Wānanga o Raukawa.


Ngā Purutanga Mauri

Ngā Purutanga Mauri are the guardians of tikanga and kawa at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and act as senior scholars and advisers on a range of issues important to our ongoing development. 


Te Mana Whakahaere

The governing board of Te Wānanga o Raukawa is known as Te Mana Whakahaere.


Ngā Kaupapa o Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Ngā Kaupapa o Te Wānanga o Raukawa guide all activities and development.  Ngā Kaupapa draw on the institutions own understanding from the body of knowledge, mātauranga Māori and the teachings of the Wānanga.