Certificate in Rongoā

  • Level 4
  • 38 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga (Rongoā) Kaupae 4 - Certificate in Rongoā Level 4

Become a kaitiaki of our medicinal plants and connect with the mātauranga of our tūpuna to address the wellness needs of today. This programme introduces 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 a 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 on our Level 5 programme.


You'll learn about:

  • the relationship and differences between rongoā and hauora
  • Tikanga and te reo associated with harvesting rongoā
  • Relationships between ngā atua Māori and rongoā as an expression of mana tangata
  • te reo Māori structures associated with rongoā to enhance mana reo.

You'll know how to:

  • apply tikanga concepts and Rongoā practices when working with poisonous plants
  • integrate tikanga and applied Rongoā practices
  • demonstrate knowledge of caution and safety.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

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

I want to use my qualification

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


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 hrs) per week
  • 8 x noho marae (23 hrs per noho)
  • 4 x one-day wānanga (12 hrs)

It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 23-24 hours per week.

Workload: For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher at certain times throughout the programme.

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