Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu provides education opportunities for people of all ages to acquire knowledge in Mātauranga Māori – Māori Performing Arts – Māori Arts.
All tradition knowledge shared at Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu is underpinned by the Takitimu Hau Wānanga programme, developed by Canon Wi Te Tau Huata and Te Okanga Huata, Ngāti Kahungunu Te Reo activists who were instrumental in the revitalisation of Te Reo & Tikanga for Ngāti Kahungunu – Takitimu in the 1970s.
Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu was the first institute to deliver Māori Performing arts qualifications globally.
The learning curriculum of Takitimu focuses on Takitimu and Te Whare Tapere for ages 0 – 65+
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Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu has developed strong strategic relationships with Kahurangi NZ Māori Dance Company, Toi Toi Events Centre, Public Dreams Events, Ngāti Kahungunu Rūnanga arts & culture board, Ngāti Kahungunu iwi incorporated and Waiata Māori Music awards.
These relationships provide opportunities for tauira – students to demonstrate and perform the acquired knowledge in real life settings within the entertainment and tourism industry.
Graduates of Takitimu programmes may receive employment opportunities with strategic partners.
Alumni of Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu programmes are invited to return back to Takitimu to assist with the facilitation of wānanga and passing on of the knowledge acquired and performed.
This sustains the mātauranga learning cycle and ensures that graduates have the ability to share their knowledge with new whānau members of Takitimu who are starting their education journey.
This mātauranga pedagogy also promotes a tuakana – teina model of learning.
Graduates of Takitimu programmes are facilitating Māori Performing arts / Mātauranga Māori and Ngā Toi Māori programmes for other institutes such as;