Training Packages

Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement Training

Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement training runs over a 2-day programme. The first day covers the key concepts, the Māori creation story and introduction to Ngā Atua Māori (spiritual guardians), the concept of Mana, identifying strengths and cultural resources, case studies and how to use the framework. You leave this day with a tool you can use immediately. We then ask participants to try out the tool on at least three cases.

We reassemble a month later to peer review, share innovations, problem solve the cases and discuss further aspects such as how to analyse the content, re story, assess risk and apply safety plans, track and reward progress. We discuss using Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement in restorative practice, as an holistic measuring outcomes tool and how to ensure sustainability. We also visit staff wellbeing and show how to use the tool for this purpose. Data collection and analysis emanates from these outcomes and assists facilitators to engage in data based decision making with all participants.

You will receive a physical copy of the Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement manual, and gain online access to in-depth resources including a downloadable circle model, case studies and further reading, the latest innovation and developments from Te Ara Whakamana schools and practitioners, and Mana Enhancement tips and suggestions.

Day One:

  • Key concepts
  • The Māori creation story and Ngā Atua
  • The concept of Mana
  • How to recognise cultural strengths and resources
  • Case studies
  • How to use Te Ara Whakamana: The Mana Enhancement framework

 Day Two:

  • Peer review cases and share innovations
  • Analysis, insights and re-storying students
  • Risk asessment and Safety Plans
  • The application of Te Ara Whakamana in diverse settings
  • Using Te Ara Whakamana for restorative practice
  • How to track progress and measure holistic wellbeing outcomes
  • Staff wellbeing
  • Ensuring sustainability
  • Data collection, analysis and decision making

Whole of School / Agency / Organisation Training

Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement works for anyone who needs to develop a plan for positive behaviour change and can be tailored to suit any organisation i.e, Kaupapa Māori, education, social work, disabilities, mental health, rehabilitation, domestic violence and sexual violence, at risk youth, youth and adult offenders, whole of whānau, foster care, probation and many more.

Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement is most effective when a school-wide/whole of agency approach is adopted. An implementation guide, ongoing coaching, mentoring and support is provided to problem-shoot and guide you through your Te Ara Whakamana journey.

We link you up with practitioners, Te Ara Whakamana schools and organisations in your area, creating a community of practice. The establishment of Mana teams in each school or organisation supports sustainable best practice, which can extend into and across communities in tuakana/teina roles. You will also have access to a wealth of resources and case studies to help you embed Te Ara Whakamana into your school or workplace.

Please contact us to arrange a Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement training specific to your requirements and negotiate a special rate.  


Ministry of Education Regional PLD
Ako Solutionz are members of the Ministry of Education Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Provider Panel. This means that schools, kura, kāhui ako and clusters can use their approved regionally allocated PLD hours with Ako Solutionz for training in Te Ara Whakamana. We are available to assist you in applying for Regionally Allocated PLD and support you throughout the application process.

Ministry of Education Teacher Aide PLD
Ako Solutionz is pleased to offer training to Teacher Aides training in Te Ara Whakamana fully funded in 2023-2024 under the Ministry of Education Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Fund. For more information, visit: Teacher Aide PLD Training

Ministry of Education SELO (Early Learning) PLD Funding
We are currently in the process of applying for SELO accreditation, which will mean that early learning providers will also have access to PLD funding. Get in touch if you would like us to put you on our waiting list.

Other Funding
Please let us know if you would like to self-fund, or need help applying for local community funding. We will be happy to support your application.

Upcoming Training Dates

For a list of our upcoming training dates, visit our page here: Upcoming Training Dates

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Te Ara Whakamana is a tool designed by:
Ako Solutionz – Plans and Strategies for Positive Change.

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