Poupou Karanga


Ko Hine-ruhi koe, te wahine nāna i tū te ata hāpara - You are like Hine-ruhi, the woman who caused the wonder of the dawn to appear. Bring forth your creativity and be instilled with a deep appreciation of the beautiful and traditional art form of karanga.

Using the rich heritage of te iwi Māori you will call upon the knowledge of ngā tūpuna and examine the values and principles of pūrākau (Māori legend stories) learning their relevance to karanga. Taught over four noho you will examine legends associated to atua wahine, analyse stories to find their values, morals and lessons and gain the necessary skills to become a competent kaikaranga.

This tohu will give you the confidence to stand as a kaikaranga on your marae, kura or workplace as you draw on the wealth of knowledge from expert kaikaranga and develop your own practical skills. Participate in discussions around karanga and share experiences in a safe and welcoming environment. 

For women who want to gain the knowledge and confidence to stand on their marae as a kaikaranga, this tohu will get you there. This is also an excellent tohu for anyone wanting to reconnect with their cultural identity or take the first initial steps to further study in mātauranga Māori or reo and is ideal for anyone already working in a kaupapa Maōri based environment.

Enquire about Marae Based Studies options for groups of 30 or more participants. Call 0800 WANANGA today.

Download digital information pack:
pdf Poupou Karanga - Ōtaki (1.25MB)
pdf Poupou Karanga - Manukau (1.24MB)

Poupou Karanga

Code: PpK
Credits: 40
Level: NZQA Level 4
Delivery: Four weekend residential seminars and self directed learning
Location: Ōtaki/Manukau
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Next Intake: Huringa 2 (July)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years. Regular internet access, email address and computer, laptop, tablet or other suitable mobile device is required.
Tuition Fees: Enquire about Marae Based Studies options for groups of 30 or more participants. Call 0800 WANANGA (0800 926 2642) today.



  • Year One

    KMW1 Te Whāriki
    KMW2 Tuawahine
    KMW3 Te Tū Tamawahine
    KMW4 Te Whakatau

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Becoming an exponent of karanga
  • 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.