Te Mako

Kaihuawaere Ngaio Māori

Te Mako Orzecki


Graduate of Te Pīnakitanga o te Reo Kairangi – Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 2018
Bachelor of Education – Wellington Teachers College of Education, 2003
Diploma of Māori Studies – Massey University, 2008
Poupou Huia Te Reo - Te Wānanga o Raukawa, 2017

Professional profile

Te Mako Orzecki – of Ngāti Wehi Wehi, Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Toa, and Polish descent – is a facilitator in the English medium and Māori medium spaces.

Te Mako works as a RAPLD facilitator having come across fulltime from publishing in 2022. Te Mako works with staff in the areas of te reo Māori, Te Takanga o te Wā (Māori Medium) Cultural competencies, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In more recent years his role has included coaching and mentoring with Principals and senior leadership teams.

Te Mako is also involved as an online facilitator with Tātai Aho Rau Core Education’s Professional Learning services (PLS). These are products and services developed by Tātai Aho Rau and includes people within and outside of the education sector. Past clients in the area include;

  • Boffa Miskell
  • NZ Post
  • Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori Māori Language Commission
  • Office of the Auditor General (OAG)
  • AuditNZ
  • Ministry of Justice


  • Online/offline facilitation
  • Māori Leadership (advisor)
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Te reo Māori

Conference presentations

2023 Ulearn23 presentations: He Maunga, he kōrero, ‘Ask your Aunties’, and Grok Academy online learning modules
2023 Pukekiteraki Kahui Ako, Tiriti o Waitangi
2020 History Slam (localised curriculum) presentation/workshops, Wellington


2022 He Kōrero Tātai: Aotearoa New Zealand Māori histories
2018 Matariki, te mātahi o te tau, Te Papa

Personal statement

I was born and bred in Porirua in the heart of Cannons Creek. I was fortunate to be part of an era where a strong sense of community was important. I have taken the lessons learnt from those times, along with the values of whanaungatanga from my Wehi Wehi whakapapa and I apply it to the work I do today.

I believe the wellbeing of a community can be measured by the relationships within them between the young and old. I enjoy seeing tamariki Māori excel in education. I particularly love seeing my two grandsons enjoy the best teachers education has to