Ngā Pou Amorangi

Māori Leadership Training


Ngā Pou Amorangi training opens a space for Christians to fully explore what it means to be Māori and Christian – and in the process of exploration, to prepare to serve confidently in Māori contexts and beyond. 

Ngā Pou Amorangi is a Māori leadership initiative designed to equip Christians for this service. The training provides the place, time and support for akoranga (learners) to grow in confidence in te ao Māori. It also provides biblical, theological, ministry and mission expertise as ahorangi (lecturers), amorangi (ministry practitioners) and akoranga together explore how to express the gospel of Christ effectively within te ao Māori.

He hōnore, he kororia ki te Atua.  

What is Ngā Pou Amorangi?

Ngā Pou Amorangi is designed as stand-alone training (non NZQA)
but it also fits with Carey’s NZQA Applied Theology Diploma and Degree.

Training Options:

  1. Ngā Pou Amorangi Certificate (1 year). Akoranga taking the part-time one-year option will complete Pou Tuatahi: Four wānanga and 36 weeks of mentored ministry placement and reflection.
  2. Ngā Pou Amorangi Certificate (3 years). The three-year part-time certificate consists of Ngā Pou Tuatahi, Tuarua and Tuatoru and three years of mentored ministry placement and reflection.
  3. Ngā Pou Amorangi Diploma (3 years). Akoranga complete three years of Ngā Pou Amorangi alongside full time study in an NZQA programme in Applied Theology, Theology or Biblical Studies (NZQA Level 5 and above)*
  4. Ngā Pou Amorangi Wānanga. Akoranga may enrol to attend individual wānanga. Priority will be given to akoranga enrolling for the Certificate or Diploma, so acceptance will depend of available space.

*Recognition of prior learning at Carey, or another theological college, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Programme Summary

Akoranga in the Certificate or Diploma:

  • Attend 4 wānanga per year – 8-9 April, 4-5 June, 27-28 August, 15-16 October
  • Serve in Māori contexts and reflect on their experiences in one-to-one mentoring with a Māori knowledge expert.*
  • Weekly hui on Tuesday mornings throughout the Carey Semester. Attendance is voluntary for non-diploma or degree students.

    * Students enrolled in a Carey NZQA Diploma or Degree programme may be able to credit the mentored learning component towards their qualification. 

Programme Objectives

Ngā Pou Amorangi aims to form and train networks of Christian leaders: to serve skilfully and humbly in Māori and bicultural contexts; integrate bible and theology with missional community transformation; and lead new (and existing) expressions of the church in Aotearoa.

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To have a conversation contact Dr Sandy Kerr

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Valerie Teraitua

Kaiwhakahaere matua o Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae

Ki te taha o toku Whaea

Ko Tokatoka toku maunga

Ko Wairoro toku Awa

Ko Ngatokimatawhauroa toku Waka

Ko Te Uri o Hau toku Hapu

Ko Ngati Whatua ki te Kaipara toku Iwi

Ko Rahiri te Tangata

Ki te Taha o Toku Paapaa No Rarotonga.

“NPA is like an armour. I love the whanaungatanga. I love the way we come together and have karakia and waiata. I love being amongst young up and coming Maori and they inspire me! NPA is strengthening my faith, strengthening my understanding which is enabling me to do what we do here at the Marae: to continue to bring wellness to our people, to create God spaces and to continue oranga wairua and to foster leadership.”