Te Whainoa’s upbringing was such that he is well versed in Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori. Although there so much more to learn, Te Whainoa is passionate about teaching what he knows about these concepts and ways of life to those who are interested and open to learning.
Prior to his role here at CORE, Te Whainoa was a student of Linguistics at the University of Auckland (UoA), graduating with a BA Honours and completing his Masters in Linguistics (awaiting mark). While at university, he mentored in Linguistics and tutored stages 1, 2 and 3 Māori linguistic papers.
Outside of UoA, Te Whainoa spent time teaching te reo Māori and tikanga privately to executives in and around the Tāmaki Makaurau area. Te Whainoa also taught at Unitec's Kura Pō and students from Boston University studying in Aotearoa.
Since 2013, Te Whainoa has spent much of his time with Piritoto, the Māori arm of the Haemophilia foundation of New Zealand (HFNZ). Here he helps Māori families connect to HFNZ, and as a national delegate to the National council of HFNZ, Te Whainoa provides a voice for Māori struggling in the health system. Te Whainoa is also an indigenous face on the global stage where he speaks to indigenous issues in Haemophilia, most recently in Glasgow 2018 at the bi-annual Haemophilia World Congress.