ABOUT US

Ko wai mātou: Who are we?

"Kei hea taku manapou, taku manatawa?"

This whakatauki speaks of the origin of te reo Māori that was brought to Aotearoa in the beak of the kākā bird who then dispersed them throughout the land to grow and to flourish into the treasured reo of our people.

 

We embody this whakatauki in our aim to cherish and nurture our reo and mātauranga Māori so that Aotearoa can flourish.

This is the guiding vision for the creation of Poutawa Reo and what we aspire to achieve.

The name Poutawa derives from these two seeds te manapou and te manatawa

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Aronga: Purpose

This whakatauki speaks of the origin of te reo Māori that was brought to Aotearoa in the beak of the kākā bird who then dispersed them throughout the land to grow and to flourish into the treasured reo of our people.

Te Tūruapō: Vision

Gather the knowledge of the world beyond abundance. "

Rukia ai ngā purapura poutawa, kia tupu ake ai"

To see mātauranga Māori thrive in its essence, delivery and perpetuity.

Ko Poutawa tēnei: Our People

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GENAE THOMPSON

Ngāpuhi & Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Genae is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of the company. She is an experienced te reo Māori teacher having led a number of departments around Te Ika-a-Māui. Genae is the lead developer of our resources and teaching and learning programmes. She also works alongside Marae and whānau in the area of marae strategic development and planning. She works alongside the Ministry of Education as a member of the NCEA Te Reo Māori Subject Expert Group (SEG) that is responsible for creation and development of the new NCEA Change Package as well as being on the NCEA Review Panel. She is a passionate teacher and learner and is currently studying Te Tohu Paerua o te reo Kairangi.

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TAHAU THOMPSON

Ngāti Hauā & Ngāti Pāoa

Tahau is a Lead Consultant and facilitator of Poutawa Reo. He is a highly experienced te reo Māori teacher and kapa haka exponent and composer. Tahau’s area of work focusses on the facilitation of projects that uplift and revitalise the mana of Mātauranga Māori and development. Tahau is a skilled orator and translator and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te reo. As well as delivering some of our online classes, Tahau is also the current Head of Māori at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.

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KRYSTAL TAIAPA

Ngāti Pōrou & Rongowhakaata

Krystal is one of our kaiako and developer who is an integral part of the Poutawa. She is a qualified te reo Māori teacher and is the principal kaiako of our online courses. Krystal is also responsible for the creation of our course content and resources and is highly proficient in digital technologies and creating authentic and engaging material for all of our tauira. Hailing from the East Coast, Krystal is passionate about progressing kaupapa and reo Māori amongst whānau and organisations and is a graduate of Te Pinakitanga ki te reo kairangi. 

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EVI BRUMMER

Ngāi Tiamani

Evi is our highly proficient Administrator who works behind the scene to ensure our daily operations and orgnisational needs are looked after. She is an enthusiastic traveller who has lived all around the world and now resides in Aotearoa with her whānau. She brings a weakth of knowledge to the Poutawa team.