Teachers in classroom
Teachers from Te Kāhui Ako o Tarikākā at a professional development event

The name Te Mahau comes from a metaphor of a whare. Te Mahau is the front porch and entryway of a whare. It is a place of humility, of presence and manaaki. It is a place that is front-facing, accessible, visible and transparent.

Te Mahau is a place of conversation and community, where wāhine and tāne can stand to speak. It can be a wāhi tapu (place of formality) if required, but it is usually an informal space where people come together. 

Te Mahau is made up of our regional offices organised into three frontline groups : 

  • Te Mahau | Te Tai Raro (North) 
  • Te Mahau | Te Tai Whenua (Central) 
  • Te Mahau | Te Tai Runga (South) 

Te Mahau also includes:

  • Te Poutāhū (Curriculum Centre) 
  • Te Pae Aronui (Operations and Integration) 

Te Mahau will develop its services and support with the education sectors.