He mihi Aroha

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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Kua harikoa ahau! So happy after much work in the background to have delivered the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Hawke's Bay Tikanga wānanga on Tuesday at Pukemokimoki marae. Participants learnt about whānaungatanga and manaakitanga in te ao Māori and how we can take tikanga from the marae and bring it in to our work. What does a karanga and hongi look like at your workplace? Ngā mihi to all who came and shared and to our amazing facilitator and leader Wairangi Jones! Next stop Hamilton, you guys are in for a treat! #charteredaccountants #hawkesbay #tikanga

Tertia Whitcombe

Events, Marketing and Project Management Professional


Hohepa Hawke’s Bay

Kia Ora Tūtira Mai NZ.

He ra tino whakamataku matou. We embarked on a journey to understand, identify and develop key cultural values, learning Te Reo Māori and Tikanga to create and foster positive relationships with Māori communities, whānau and iwi.


Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children

Mōrena Wairangi

It was lovely to meet with you yesterday, the whole day was really insightful and I can see huge benefits for Oranga Tamariki if we are to get this right. I really enjoyed being challenged in the Te Ao Māori, and have decided with my other half (who’s Ngāti Porou) that we’re going to speak more Te Reo at home, just so that I can start to be more confident in my pronunciation.

I will be touch, as I would like to run both this introduction session within the organisation for a few more groups, as well as a follow up session with the group from yesterday.

Take care and we’ll speak soon.

Claire Mortimer

General Manager at Oranga Tamariki

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Pinnacle Midlands Health Network

I am “blown away” by how excited I am today when reflecting on the last 48 hours, your leadership, the passion of the group and the amazing facilitation from Wairangi and Panda (my wife Sue is asking me to chill and to stop talking about it!)

As alluded to, I have taken a personal step late last year to ensure that I had a much deeper and meaningful relationship with tangata whenua through my own wānanga study and I have subsequently enrolled in another two weeks ago. It has changed my pākehā view of the world sooooo much! This programme adds to this considerably – so thanks.

I can’t pass on the depth of my whakawhetai (and the emotion it creates in me) that we have started on this and all of your parts in getting this to where it is now – please keep up the amazing work and let’s get the momentum shift that this should always have had. If I can personally assist you in anyway – please don’t hesitate to contact me in confidence.

Please also pass this thanks on to Wairangi and Panda, you could not have picked better/more respected facilitators (it’s so enjoyable but with appropriate levels of tūtakarerewa for us).

Ka mau te wehi! Kia pai tō rā whakatā.

Craig McFarlane

Board Member


Dispute Resolution Wānanga Participant

Tēnā koe matua

Hari wiki reo Māori! E rua ngā rā e toe ana… Harikoa te ngākau nā te hiko ki te tihi o Maungakiekie i tērā atu rā – maha ngā tamariki me ngā rangatahi! 😊

I wanted to thank you again for your mahi last month – it made a really big difference. Just the other day I was talking to my American colleague, Joel, and he said it was a process that made a real impact on him and he wants to incorporate my story telling into his mahi with people.

I’m not sure if Libby or the team have been back in contact with you yet but I’m hoping there will be more opportunities to work together.

Mā te wā, ka tūtaki anō tāua.

Ngā manaakitanga, Nā Hana.

Lakes District Health Board

Kia ora Wairangi,

Tēnā koe – your contribution to the Winter Symposium was magnificent.

I am so grateful to you for your advice and guidance for the tikanga and acting as Kaumatua for the Pohiri and Karakia.

Tēnā koe – for your brilliant Cultural Competency Workshop. I learned a lot from this and all my colleagues who attended told me it was the best cultural training day they had attended.

Finally tēnā koe – for allowing me to interrogate you as a patient. This session was very well received and great for grounding us all to what really matters in our clinical world.

It was great spending time with you and learning from you.

I hope you enjoyed the conference – my wife, Jana, really enjoyed your company at the dinner.

I hope we can work again soon (but not in a shocking way!).

Ngā mihi


Dr Peter Freeman

The Head of Accident and Emergency at Rotorua hospital

Lakes District Health Board

Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Kōhanga Reo o Te Awakairangi

I just wanted you to pass on our mihi from my team to Koro Wairangi, as I didn't quite get the chance to at the end. We really valued his input and contributions which anchored us and the kaupapa beautifully in te ao Māori. I can tell that the final outcome for this project with be rich in tikanga and a cultural knowledge base with this wānanga at the helm. You are lucky to have such a treasure on board your waka, and please on our regards.

Nā reira, e ngā pūmanawa e waru, whērā tonu tō whakawhanaunga ki a mātou me te nui o ngā pūkenga kei a koe. Ko te ahi tupua i Hawaiiki kei te kā tonu i Te Rotorua nui a Kahumatamomoe, whērā hoki rā te manaakitanga me te ihi o tōu iwi. Kua tae atu tēnei ki roto o Ngāti Pikiao (me te whānau Maaka), kua koni atu ki te mura o tēnā ahi, ā kei te miharo, kei te mihi hoki ki a koutou nā. Pai mārire.

Ngā mihi o Matariki ki a kōrua,

Makaira Waugh

Kaiako Toi - Arts Teacher

Dispute Resolution from a Tikanga Māori Approach

On behalf of the RahuRahu whānau we want to thank Wairangi for his time, knowledge and services.

From the start of the process to the end Wairangi approached our whānau with kindness, respect and professionalism. His explanation and execution of the tikanga for the meeting was clear, accessible and set a positive tone for the rest of the time. We were in a situation where we were feeling disheartened, ignored and alienated from the process we found ourselves in.

Under the guidance of Wairangi, we came together in a truly Te Ao Maori collaboration with Rotorua Probation. Where not only was the collective mana honored but the effect of having Tikanga and Kawa centred in such a meaningful way created an atmosphere that past grievances were able to be heard,

addressed and processed in a productive and Mana enhancing manner. We left that day feeling empowered, hopeful and listened to, I can not recommend this process more.

Warner Rahurahu Whānau

The University of Waikato

Tēnā koutou katoa,

We have just had the great pleasure of participating in a workshop provided by Wairangi Jones for the graduate students and staff in our clinical psychology training programme.  Matua Jones was warm and approachable, and immediately got the group actively involved, interacting and learning some basic tikanga, as well as understanding the meaning beneath the tikanga and applying it to our particular needs and roles. The workshop was well structured and conducted, and left us with some specific learnings (e.g. the meaning and proper conduct of hongi, practice with a waere appropriate to many occasions, and korero on storytelling as a way to facilitate connection), as well as a wish for further learning and the confidence to seek out similar experiences. 

It is clear that Wairangi Jones has deep and broad experience in guiding tauira, and we would recommend his workshop highly.  

Carol Cornsweet Barber

Ph.D, Senior Lecturer & Director of Clinical Psychology Training Programme