Maramataka in the Workplace Wānanga

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Maramataka in the Workplace Wānanga

August 24, 2018

An empowering and informative wānanga to help you learn how to use the Māori systems framework of maramataka in the workplace.

Maramataka first began as a Māori system of awareness of the natural environment and its potential abundance. It comprises thousands of years of observations and knowledge and is the science of the moon energies.

Traditionally, Māori used it to improve their fishing, hunting and gardening practices but maramataka can be applied to all aspects of life and is viewed as a taonga from our ancestors.

This maramataka planning wānanga is for kaimahi working in hauora & community development. It is designed to be empowering and informative and is an opportunity for you to learn from experts with over 30 years’ experience.

The time of Hotoke (winter) is the best time to whai whakaaro (create a vision), whakatikahia (review) and whakatakoto kaupapa (strategy). During this wānanga you will learn how to use the Māori systems framework of maramataka Māori to greater enhance your productivity and work/life balance.

You will also be guided on how best to plan out your next 12 months of business operations using maramataka Māori and consider the right actions to undertake at the right times, referring to Ngā Peka o te Tau (the seasons) and Ngā Wahanga o te Marama (energy phases of the moon). This will contribute to effective stakeholder engagement, community consultation, team leadership, event management and the delivery of services to meet tangible deadlines.

You will learn how to use the maramataka and Nga Peka o te Tau as reference points for effective planning, delivery and measurement of your organisations goals.

You will examine Ngā Tohu o te Tangata and consider if your organisation is delivering its services at the right time, ie do you close for summer break when your clients need you the most?

Maramataka practitioners, Reuben and Heeni, will cover mātauranga Māori divisions of time, space and energy and challenge you to consider if you are in sync with the environment and support you to realign with the natural phases towards productivity (kia puta ngā hua).


You will also receive a maramataka Māori wall planner, a great tool to help you observe, plan and action your mahi.

About the facilitators

Rueben Taipari and Heeni Hoterene are practitioners of maramataka Māori and take a practical approach to ‘living by the maramataka.’ Rueben uses the maramataka that his whanau has always used, handed down through the generations, for planting and fishing on their ancestral lands in Ahipara. Over 20 years ago he designed a unique colour coded system as a guide for planning by the maramataka. Heeni and Rueben have now been delivering maramataka workshops for over 15 years, working with whanau, community, educators, and the health and environment sectors. They are committed to mana Māori motuhake and view maramataka as a kaupapa that helps whanau to realign themselves with the natural cycles of Aotearoa, reclaiming their time, space and energy through actioning mātauranga Māori.


August 24, 2018


Toi Tangata


Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae
139 Carrington Road
Auckland, New Zealand
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