Whare-Tū-taua and Mau Rakau

Using the different tools of Tū, Nga Pou teaches basic hand eye coordination, speed, agility, distance management, discipline and strength conditioning using traditional methods and ideas associated with the martial elements of Māori culture.   
In Māori belief the Patron God of martial exploits is Tū a war god, along with other such localized gods like Rongomai, Maru and Uenuku. Like the leaves on a tree, they have many aspects, colors, shapes and forms that represent particular facets of human existence. In ancient times the Whare-Tū-taua (house of martial studies) was used to train young girls and boys in the aspects of war. These days it is used to train, refine and condition the physical body and its health, Mau Rakau is one particular element of Wharetutaua training, specifically the using of weapons in particular. 

Classes and School Programs


Private and public classes available

Open classes: Wednesdays and Fridays 6pm-7.30pm in Tauranga. 

Classes are free to attend with koha optional if families are in a position to do so. 

Get in touch for more information using the contact form below. 


Primary and secondary school programs available

Nga Pou school programmes provide our Tamariki with important cultural context and understanding through sessions in traditional Taonga Pūoro and Mau Rakau. 

Through  wholistic Māori cultural program Nga Pou teaches and shares indigenous knowledge across three primary platforms: 

- Mau Rakau (weaponry and martial combat) 
- Taonga Pūoro (Musical Instruments) 
- Rongoa (traditional medicine) 

With these platforms we seek to provide the children with a wider understanding of the world and a more refined, healthier view of themselves both as individuals and members of a collective. Our students carry these values with them for the rest of their lives.

Get in touch to book Nga Pou for your school in 2023. 

About the Teacher

Te Reiroa Sellars

Te Reiroa Sellars has whakapapa connections to Ngati Pukenga,Ngai te rangi, Ngati Rangiwewehi and Ngati Whakaue. He began his study of Mau Rakau at the age of 8, and trained traditionally in the practices of his family lineage as well as informally under many other instructors from both the Mataatua and Te Arawa confederations of tribes. 

Te Reiroa brings his experience as an instructor and practitioner to the wider community with the intent of presenting Mau Rakau and culture in an accessible and affordable way.