Meet our Visionary - Heeni Hoterene

Living by the Indigenous knowledge of her tūpuna

Motatau on ancestral land

Ngāti Hine, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāi Tahu

Fluent in Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga, Heeni acknowledges all of the old people that have taught her many life lessons. A natural lover of history, she enjoys translating traditional knowledge into a modern-day context to uplift and connect others.

She is an educator and facilitator of more than four thousand practitioners in maramataka planning with government, health, community & whānau sectors. Heeni has worked alongside organisations such as Toi Tangata and Sport Northland to name a few.

Creative Designer of tikanga and community empowerment projects.

Eco Builder of whareuku (rammed earth) community housing developer and organic gardener. Heeni is also an International slow food representative.

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Daily Affirmations by the Moon

Everyday Heeni Hoterene shares her expertise, understanding, and knowledge of Maramataka with daily affirmations. Her presence online every morning is eagerly awaited by followers, fans, friends, and whānau on Facebook

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Acknowledging ngā tohunga o Te maramataka

We want to acknowledge a few amazing people that have supported us to share and develop maramataka knowledge.

  • Ihaka Poata

    Ihaka Poata is our grandfather and a Tohunga of Nga Puhi. From Matangirau, his oral recordings quote his genealogy to Hina, the moon, we use his maramataka worldwide.

  • Te Kai Makiha

    Te Kai Makiha a great tohunga and the type of man that could
    talk to the birds and the birds would sing back. The privilege of living with him, proposing a question and receiving an answer of the highest regard, a humble influence and a man before his time.

  • Hoterene Boss Tipene

    Hoterene Boss Tipene was a cultural
    Advisor in health and practioner of customary knowledge. Famous for no muck around when it comes to tikanga leadership.

Maramataka Māori Phases

Our Maramataka from Ihaka Poata can be used across the world. The way we teach you makes it easy to understand. In the link below, Ihaka talks about our family’s genealogy from Hina the moon. 

Listen to the follow recording from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

Credits to: Waiata tangi: Takaputai e homai he aroha e. Kaikōrero: Ko Ihaka Poata. He taki whakapapa. E rua ngā mata o ngā toki.

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