Diploma in Rongoā

  • Level 5
  • 38 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Develop your rongoā skills to an advanced level.

Here's your opportunity to take your current knowledge of rongoā and deepen your understanding of its history and practices. Learn at an advanced level about incorporating your knowledge and exploring the essence of the natural environment.

If you want to be a kaitiaki of rongoā for future generations, this is the programme for you.

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

  • New Zealand Diploma in Tikanga Level 5

You'll learn about:

  • analysing rongoā models
  • applying practical and theoretical knowledge of tikanga-a-iwi concepts within an environmental setting
  • Te Whakaputanga & Te Tiriti o Waitangi - evaluate the implications for the kaupapa of rongoā
  • WAI262 claim - how it influences rongoā Māori practices
  • the requirements to set up a rongoā practice
  • the history and practice of rongoā.

Where will this take me

I want to keep studying

You can apply to enrol on He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge Level 9.

I want to use my qualification

Use your skills to help your whānau and our communities. You might be able to advise local and regional agencies seeking to broaden their knowledge base in kaupapa Māori principles and practices.


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
  • completed a Level 4 qualification in rongoā, and have a NZ Certificate in Tikanga Level 4, or 100 hours of rongoā practice approved by a rongoā practitioner affiliated to Te Kāhui Rongoā or a rongoā practitioner recognised by hapū/iwi.

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

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