Poupou 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.

For men who want to gain the knowledge and confidence to stand on their marae as a kaikōrero, 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 (0800 926 2642) today.

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Poupou Tū Whaikōrero

Code: PpWhai
Credits: 60
Level: NZQA Level 5
Duration: 17 weeks
Delivery: 4x Residential seminars and self directed learning
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: $1,231 (approximately).



  • 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.