Poupou Tū Whaikōrero

Certificate in Tū Whaikōrero

Kiri kawa ki te kupu, kiri kawa ki te riri, kiri kawa ki te rākau - Skillful orator, adept warrior, an ever ready defender. Become a confident kaikōrero as you develop your existing reo and enhance your capability both as an art form and mode of communication, in a variety of situations.

Whaikōrero is both an art form and mode of communication. As an art form, whaikōrero should exhibit all of te ihi (wonder), te kaha (power), te huatau (elegance), and te wana (the thrill) that Māori performing arts in general achieve and cause the audience to react to in wehi (excitement) and ranga wairua (inspiration).

As a mode of communication, whaikōrero uses poetry, proverb, incantation, metaphor, imagery and symbolism to give gravity and formality to occasions of significance upon which the mana of the two parties of the marae encounter rests. It has its origins in a Māori belief system.

This certificate programme is for those who have an intermediate level (or above) ability in Te Reo Māori and some experience in whaikōrero. The aim of the course is to enhance your capability in whaikōrero, both as an art form and mode of communication in various situations. This will be achieved by adding to your kete kōrero in the various sections of whaikōrero and through instruction in the use of voice, stance, rākau and other delivery methods.

Poupou Tū Whaikōrero is offered as a course for groups at marae and those in kaupapa Māori based environments.

Hapū may wish to consider running the Poupou Tū Whaikōrero alongside the Poupou Karanga at their marae. The recommended group size is 30 or more participants from either course, or a combination of participants from both courses.

Enquire today, call 0800 WANANGA (0800 926 2642) or email tetomonga@twor-otaki.ac.nz

Fees Free

If you are eligible for the government 'Fees Free' study scheme, this course will consume part of your fees free entitlement.

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Poupou Tū Whaikōrero

Code: PpWhai
Credits: 60
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: 4x Residential seminars and self directed learning
Location: Usually delivered at marae
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Next Intake: February and July 2022
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years.  Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required. 
Tuition Fees: Enquire about Marae Based Studies options for groups. Call 0800 WANANGA (0800 926 2642) today.



  • Year One

    Whai1A Te Marae o Tū
    Whai1B Te Whare Kōrero
    Whai1C Te Pae Tapu
    Whai1D Tū Ake

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Becoming an exponent of whaikōrero
  • Supporting the paepae at your marae
  • Further study with the Mātauranga Māori degree leading to career pathways in teaching, tikanga and te reo consultancy, cultural advisory services, kaupapa Māori research, broadcasting and management in Māori organisations.