Certificate in Rongoā

  • Level 4
  • 38 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Become a kaitiaki of our rongoā Māori and connect with the mātauranga (knowledge) of our tūpuna (ancestors) to address the wellness needs of today.

This programme will introduce you to the natural world of rongoā.

Learn about the customs and protocols that surrounds rongoā as you develop an understanding of the Māori world view. Be part of the revival of traditional and contemporary rongoā practices in Aotearoa, and gain insight and understanding to know, appreciate, and respect rongoā but not yet use it or advise others on how to use it - that will take further study.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive the following qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Tikanga (Rongoā) Level 4

You'll learn about:

  • the relationship and differences between rongoā and hauora (health)
  • tikanga (Māori customs and practices) and te reo Māori associated with harvesting rongoā
  • relationships between ngā atua Māori and rongoā.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be ready to enrol on our Diploma in Tikanga (Rongoā) Level 5 programme.

I want to use my qualification

With your new skills you'll be able to help your whānau and communities, local and regional bodies and agencies seeking to broaden their knowledge base in rongoā Māori.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 1 x kura whakaako -compulsory classes (3 hours per week)
  • 8 x noho marae (23 hours per noho)
  • 4 x one-day wānanga (12 hours per wānanga)

In addition to these, you’ll be expected to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 24 hours per week.


Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • hold a New Zealand Certificate in Tikanga Level 3 or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.
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