Kia ora, Welcome to Akona Rangitāne II

the new Rangitāne o Wairarapa Education website

Like the old website Akona Rangitāne II contains plenty of educational material that we hope will help visitors learn about Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Māori of the Wairarapa Region.

There is still information on a wide range of subjects including mythology, local Māori history, world views, tikanga, basic te reo, the natural world, basic needs ie food and social structure.

Documents, websites and other useful material produced by other sources have been utilized to provide a greater coverage and often to save duplication of an existing resource that aligns with understanding things Māori.

New features include
•    Iti Kahurangi our first education curriculum
•    A facebook feed so you can receive new information regularly and be able to interact quickly. Just send a friend request to connect.
•    A section where you can find learning resources on all sorts of subjects. With teachers in mind many of the resources have teacher notes and curriculum links.
•    New material to download including our children’s and Rangitane o Wairarapa history books.
•    Akona Rangitāne II is more visual to help find material easier. There are more photographs, paintings and murals. We are grateful to have been granted permission by artist Bronwyn Waipuka to use her beautiful paintings. See

To learn more about Rangitāne o Wairarapa Incorporated go to
If you have an inquiry or would like assistance please contact:
Joseph Potangaroa email: mobile: 027 857 4601
Mike Kawana email: mobile: 027 432 8825

For website design please contact: Mikis van Geffen email:



Facebook feed

7 months ago

The last trip a couple of years ago was down the eastern side of the lake. Everyone had an enjoyable time and learnt alot.

7 months ago

Kia ora te whanau
Ikaroa ki te Tonga Maori Netball Trials are approaching for U13, U15 and U17 age groups. If you’re interested in finding out more about IKTTM Netball and AMNOHL two brief ... See more

7 months ago

Kia ora, please note the following from the Papawai marae trustees.

The Papawai Pa Trust is holding a planning wananga on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. Starting at 2.30pm on Saturday. ... See more

8 months ago

You’re invited to a kōrero about the future of Māori education The Ministry of Education is inviting all whānau, hapu, iwi - tamariki, mātua and kaumātua - to help build the future of Māori ... See more

9 months ago
Photos from Rangitane o Wairarapa's post


Kakahi were abundant in Wairarapa waterways many years ago and were an important mahinga kai species. But like so many of our unique and fascinating animals they are now in decline.

The ... See more

9 months ago

10 months ago
Whaiora | In pursuit of wellness

Ata Marie!

Firstly I would like to say, ngaa mihi tino nui to those of you in this email that I have not seen in such a long time.
Work has been full on and Id like to inform you all about the ... See more

1 year ago
Photos from Rangitane o Wairarapa's post

Please read the attached message and pamphlet for the Mauri Ora programme.

1 year ago

Diversity in conservation board membership sought

Nominations for conservation boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve, Conservation Minister Eugenie ... See more

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Use the interactive map to locate and learn about significant places such as marae, papakāinga and urupa. Learn about the meanings of Māori place names throughout the Wairarapa.


Learn about some of the history of Rangitāne o Wairarapa and the Wairarapa Region through photographs, books, exhibitions and articles. Also find a collection of historical maps.

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Atuatanga and Iti kahurangi – The Rangitāne o Wairarapa Curriculum

Nature is the best teacher.
Rā the sun, Marama the moon, Papatūānuku the earth, Ranginui the sky, tangaroa the sea, rivers, lakes, Tanemahuta the forests are atua who we rely upon to live.
When we learn how different parts of nature work by themselves or together we are learning Atuatanga.

Iti Kahurangi is designed to assist everyone to learn different aspects of Rangitāne o Wairarapa culture and history. It has a section that helps you plan what, when and how to deliver the curriculum. Also find related resources here.


Explore a collection of photographs, paintings, videos and biographies of kaumatua and tupuna.

Photos / Video / Audio

Look through a collection of photos, videos and music, significant to Rangitāne o Wairarapa.

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A collection of resources. You can download publications published by Rangitāne o Wairarapa or external resources gathered from the internet. Also included is a list of suggested books and websites.