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Cultural capability  |  Cultural consultancy
Māori narratives  |  Māori engagement
Cultural capability
Cultural consultancy
Māori narratives 
Māori engagement

Kia mau mahara ki tōu mana āhua ake

Cherish your absolute uniqueness.

Specialists in
Māori engagement

Tāke Tuia is a Maori cultural consultancy specialising in cultural narratives and capability within public and private organisations.

Storytellers and connectors

We exist to help build stronger communities through awareness, understanding
and the sharing of stories of Te Ao Māori.

Engaging with
takata whenua

We provide safe and
supportive ways to engage
with and work alongside
takata whenua.

A Māori perspective for organisations
in the Southern Lakes

In Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view), there is interconnectedness and interrelationship between all things. Tāke Tuia is your connection to Te Ao Māori and the wisdom of manaaki and cooperation.

Whether sitting alongside the youngest of learners or standing in front of the largest of corporations, we seek the benefits that a willingness to engage, learn and work alongside can bring. It is one thing to know pūrākau (Māori myths), stories and tikanga (values), but it is something else when they are honoured and integrated alongside takata whenua in an authentic and open way.

Our Mahi – Our Work

Tāke Tuia supports businesses, educators and local organisations looking to connect and engage with takata whenua and mana whenua and strengthen cultural competency.

Tāke Tuia

Training, upskilling and awareness of Tikanga Māori (cultural practices) and Treaty of Waitangi requirements. Tāke Tuia is a specialist cultural consultancy working with public and private organisations.

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Advice, training and support to engage with and work alongside Māori in an authentic and open manner. Cultural guidance, connection with Māori and leadership or governance support.

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Māori stories and legends (pūrākau) or Kai Tahu, Whakatipu and Wānaka told by a storyteller whose ancestors once walked these hills. Stories of resilience and innovation for conferences, groups and leadership events.

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Cultural mihi and karakia (Māori blessings) to visitors, places, buildings and events. Mihi whakatau for conference events or small group blessings to create a connection to whenua and atua.

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Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your basket and my basket the people will live.

What our clients have to say

Darren is a competent facilitator who is steeped in his cultural identity of Ngāi Tahu. He inspires and edifies others, being steadfast in all he does. Darren draws on his lived experiences and is a role model to many people within the Southern Region and Central Otago. Darren maintains strong manawhenua links with Ngāi Tahu through local rūnaka connections. These key relationships are important tūhono hono.
Debbie Dickson
Principal, Windsor North School
In the time I have known Darren I have come to appreciate his passion, capability and understanding of how to engage people in the critical thinking required to explore the worlds of Te Ao Maori and Te Ao Pakeha.
His knowledge of local history, cultural narrative and his art in sharing this with others will be an invaluable asset for the prospective work he will be engaging in with the Leadership Lab.
Chris Bryant
Tumuaki, Arrowtown School

Who we've worked with

Darren Rewi, Kai Tahu

Kaumātua Darren Rewi has been sharing stories, wisdom and ideas for many decades. Through Tāke Tuia, he brings this lifetime of experience to a range of consultancy and training services designed to benefit all.

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