Waiheke Waiata

Waiheke Waiata with Jan Newton


An 7 week course
Mondays 6 May – 24 June
7pm – 8.30pm

A  course for learning the waiata of Waiheke to support our marae and our children at community events.


Course Details

Learn the words and music of waiata from the Marae and three schools on Waiheke Island. This course is designed to create confidence and skills for the participants to joyfully engage in community events., e.g. Waitangi Day, Matariki, pōwhiri, and school celebrations. Participants will also improve their understanding of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori and be better able to support their children and grandchildren in their learning.

This is a course for all, and in particular parents and grandparents to learn the waiata their children sing in their schools and on the marae.

A weekly koha is appreciated to cover expenses such as hot drinks, photocopying and administration.


Waiheke Sustainability Centre
Mako Street, Oneroa
Waiheke Island
Auckland 1081
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Phone: 09 372 9868



Jan Newton is a passionate advocate for the use of Te Reo by all members of society. He has been involved in kapa haka since 1993 and he has participated in a year long Te Atarangi course. Two years ago he returned school as a year 13 student to increase his knowledge of Te Reo me ngā tikanga Māori. He believes singing waiata is a way forward for all to engage with Te Reo and Tikanga Maori. He began learning waiata to support his children during their schooling and is keen to share this learning with a wider audience.

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