He Waka Hiringa

Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge

  • Level 9
  • 2 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Are you an experienced practitioner of indigenous knowledge who wants to enhance your education and practice and give back to your community? He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge is the ideal choice.

This practical programme provides you with a qualification, while enabling you to plan and complete a community-based project. It is an opportunity to broaden your worldview, explore indigenous knowledge from humanistic, ancestral or sacred perspectives and make a difference to your community.

Underpinned by indigenous values and principles, He Waka Hiringa challenges practitioners to consider the holistic needs of indigenous people from a traditional and contemporary perspective. Through applied practice and rangahau you will explore how your practice can address current issues affecting indigenous people locally or globally.

This programme attracts practitioners such as educators, social workers, artists, health workers, healers, environmentalists, karanga and whaikōrero experts.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying for fee paying programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will be fees-free from 2018.

We’ve been providing fees-free study for the majority of our programmes for more than 30 years and are committed to tauira success.

To find out whether you are eligible for fees-free study for our fee paying programmes visit the Fees Free Website.


You'll learn about:

  • rangahau - exploring the depth of your topic through indigenous inquiry
  • indigenous philosophical frameworks
  • how principles inform practice
  • planning and implementing a community project
  • academic requirements at master's level.

You'll know how to:

  • apply your practice at a mastery level
  • articulate considerations and responsibilities in your practice
  • articulate your personal journey of practice development
  • propose, plan and implement a project and resource for the benefit of your community
  • produce an exegesis.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to pathway into other postgraduate programmes at other institutions.

I want to use my qualification

You can increase your career opportunities within your specialist field of practice.


How you'll study:

  • four to five noho (5 days long) each year
  • a weekly 3 hour tutorial (in person or online)
  • two writing retreats (in year 2).

Entry criteria:

To enrol on this programme you'll need to:

  • be a practitioner of indigenous knowledge
  • be practising in a community
  • be in a practice that is guided by indigenous principles
  • have a proposed community-based project related to your practice
  • provide evidence of your practitioner experience
  • complete a written application
  • attend an interview as part of the selection process.

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