Paora Te Hurihanganui

Tumu Whakarae | Atua Kai | Atuatanga | Ngāti Rangiwewehi

Ko Tiheia te maunga

Ko Te Wai-mimi-a-Pekehaua te awa

Ko Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe te roto

Ko Tarimano te marae

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi te iwi

Ko Ngāti Whakakeu te hapu

Ko Te Renata te whanau

He honanga whakapapa ki a Te Arawa whānui,  Ngāti Awa me Ngāti Tuwharetoa hoki

Currently, Paora is the Chief Executive of Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa and he has previously worked in tourism and education.  He is a qualified secondary school teacher and has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary education.  A personal educational highlight is, being trained in international politics and the UN systems in Greenland.


Paora has a love for all things Māori and he has a diverse background in Māori arts as a contemporary visual artist, performing artist and a martial artist.  He has also competed regionally, nationally and internationally in numerous sports and other cultural pursuits and Kapa Haka.


Paora specialises in testing and utilising traditional Māori methodologies through practical application and contemporary solutions to growing the realisation of potential.  Paora is a firm believer in the use of traditional sites of significance as authentic connection for positive individual and collective transformation.


Paora has diversified his approach of the past three years by developing planning, strategic management and collective enhancement through the PATH planning method and Whānau Ora focused growth opportunities.

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 Kai Taketake

Nga Kaimahi

He Kinaki Korero

WiPCE 2014

Presentation at WiPC:E 2014

Knowledge Transferal through Traditional Maori and Te Arawa Physical Activity and Nutrition

Contemporary Māori are the walking embodiment of generations of only the strongest surviving, like those that through natural selection crossed the Pacific to inhabit Aotearoa.  This workshop will explore Te Arawa tribal successes in developing potential through physical activity and nutrition knowledge and practice will describe the reintroduction of inherent traditional Māori philosophical practices that embody important cultural imperatives deeming all peoples to be of 'boundless potentiality.'