There are 4 levels of 'Mau Rākau assessment standards' under the field Maori, subfield Mau Rākau, in the domains of, Te Parawhakawai and Te Rangatiratanga Mau Rākau.
Each level of 'assessment standards', is equivalent to grading/examination each year, obtaining a pou or level in Te Whare Tū Taua O Aotearoa. Example: Level 1 = Poutahi, Level 2 = Pourua, Level 3 = Poutoru, Level 4 = Pouwhā
To obtain NZQA credits for Mau Rākau assessment standards;
All Wharekura (Secondary Schools) are required to 'Register' as a 'Peka' (Branch) under Te Whare Tū Taua O Aotearoa.
Wharekura (Secondary School) must be registered and approved by NZQA to assess against these assessment standards.
Each individual 'Pia (student)/Parent' must fill out the 'Registration & Health' forms. By clicking on this LINK you will be taken to the 'Mauri Toa Registrations & Health' Forms.
An annual 'Registration Fee' of $20 per student must be paid per year OR prior to grading/examination for administration purposes.
'Kaiako' will receive a Te Whare Tū Taua O Aotearoa 'Kaiako Paearu' booklet as a guideline and must follow all requirements and record attendance, provide quarterly reports pertaining to weekly trainings leading up to the completion of the assessment standards, OR national grading/examination held once a year.
Kaiako are also expected to ensure that 'Tīpare' (Headband) are prepared and or provided for each student sitting the annual grading/examination for Mau Rākau assessment standards.
The Mauri Toa program was developed for students who attend secondary schools throughout Aotearoa to learn about Māori Weaponry under the teachings and philosophies of Te Whare Tū Taua o Aotearoa.
Te Whare Tū Taua o Aotearoa is an International School of Māori Weaponry, who in unification with NZQA offer registered and approved secondary schools and its students accreditation when achieving Level 1- 4 Mau Rākau assessment standards within the NZQA framework.
The name Mauri Toa, derives from the life essence of a warrior. This is experienced by learning the principles and values of a Warrior through Mau Rākau as the medium. A traditional combat, ceremonial and performing art that serves to reveal and enhance the warrior spirit within.
Introduced in 2013, this program has built a network of professional working relationships with the secondary schools we have engaged, both past and present. This enables both kahui kaiako (secondary school teachers forum) and exponents in Māori Weaponry to work alongside each other to achieve the desired outcomes for students to achieve and excel in both worlds, Te Ao Māori (Traditional) & Te Ao hurihuri. (Cotemporary) This network also provides opportunities for discussion and correspondence regarding the art of Māori Weaponry and Mātauranga Māori, and how these can increase the students knowledge and growth through learned experiences that will lead into a career pathway. The Mauri Toa program also supports students who may appear to struggle academically and or have learning difficulty, but are physically capable and are willing to try. The Mauri Toa program is made available to respective secondary schools and its students throughout Aotearoa who wish to have the Mauri Toa program in their school. NB: (Pending area/region of interest throughout the Nation)
The Mauri Toa program aims to;
Introduce and or utilise Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga as the preferred language for delivery, where students will gradually increase their knowledge in Mātauranga Māori.
Build resilience, through learning activities where discipline is required in order to find the ability to cope, manage program commitments, required tasks and performance outcomes outlined by the Mau Rākau assessment standards.
Develop leadership and servitude traits, where students will be given opportunities to teach what they have learned upon successfully completing Mau Rākau assessment standards within the Mauri Toa program.
Encourage confidence and competence, by creating a learning environment where students are given the opportunity to make clear and informed decisions, be focused, appreciate the value of hard work and commitment in order to achieve their goals.