(Photo: Ray Totorewa)

Te Reo Maori and Te Ao Maori at Carey

We are excited to invite you to join us on our bicultural journey at Carey in 2017. As a part of that journey, we are offering a fun interactive course in te reo Māori and a paper on Maori worldview taught collaboratively by the Umu Tiirama – a group of knowledgeable Māori leaders.

The te reo Māori course will be held in the evening and will focus on developing basic language skills for everyday use and for ministry.  We will learn mihi (greetings), pepeha (personal introductions), karakia (prayers), waiata (songs) and understand the appropriate occasions for their use.

The Te Ao Māori paper will provide insights into the way that Maori see the world and Christian faith within that world. We’ll hear stories of pre-European and post European Aotearoa from Maori perspectives and consider the impact and implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for our society today. We’ll be challenged to consider contemporary issues from biblical perspectives and to apply our learning to our own journeys in ministry and missions.

The Te Ao Maori paper will be taught in Semester 1 (starting 29th February ) on Wednesday mornings (9.30am – 12.30pm). More information

At Carey we are honoured to have an amazing line-up of lecturers, the Umu Tiirama (the meaning of this will be explained more fully in class) to guide our learning journey.

Umu Tiirama includes:

  • Karen Bishop
  • Sean Delany
  • Bradford Haami
  • Luke Kaa-Morgan
  • Sandy Kerr
  • David Moko
  • Douglas Ateremu McNeill
  • Josie Te Kahu
  • Ray Totorewa

Here are brief introduction from the first and last on our list…

Karen Bishop

I am of Tainui, Mataatua, Te Arawa and Ngaatokimatawhaorua decent but my Turangawaewae or main place of standing is within my Tainui tribal area.  I have 3 adult children and a beautiful grandson, they are my greatest achievement. I was born and raised in the small village of Kawhia. I’ve had the privilege of being raised in a very historic place, with lots of marae life, amongst elders and working people who have imprinted upon me ‘Te Ao Maori’.  It is from that perspective that I share and on their shoulders that I stand. I bring with me their knowledge plus a few other bits and pieces that I have learnt along the road of discovering what it is to be Maori and made in ‘His Image.’ In class, you may ask me any question to do with Te Ao Maori, even those niggly ones that might offend and we will try to work them out together.  There will be both laughter and sensitive discussion in a place made safe for you.  I look forward to the journey.


Ray Totorewa

Ko Rangiriri te pā harakeke i tupu ai tēnei rito

Ko Waikato awa te anga o tēnei taniwha.

Ko Potatau te wherowhero te tangata

He uri no Tauranga moana ano hoki.

Ko Mātātua, ko Tākitimu ngā waka

Ko Mauao te maunga

Ko Awanui te moana


Married to Shaneane (who is a fair dinkum Aussie). Have two girls. Eldest is Mauri-Paihere (which is the short version of her name). Youngest is Micah Serenity (but don’t be fooled by her middle name). From Waikato and Tauranga descent. Love seafood and rotten corn.

Enjoy being in indigenous contexts around the world. Live life in different local circles (engaging with hapu & marae, local kapahaka group, kura kaupapa māori community…)

Other things:

  • Serve on the national strategic team, Manatū Iriiri Māori
  • Oversee Island Breeze Pacific/Asia & South Africa
  • National convener for YWAM in NZ

Looking forward in spending some time with you.

Ko te kai a Rangatira ko te kōrero (the food of chiefs is talk/discussions)