Diploma in Rongoā

  • Level 5
  • 38 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: Te Pōkairua Tikanga (Rongoā) Kaupae 5 - Diploma in Rongoā Level 5

Develop your Rongoā skills to an advanced level with our new diploma programme starting in 2019.

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.


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.

You'll know how to:

  • rangahau (research) and prepare Rongoā within a specific kaupapa
  • use te reo Māori to communicate tikanga practices to advance mana reo
  • critique karakia and takutaku
  • apply your knowledge of tikanga concepts to the practice of Rongoā.

Where will this take me

I want to keep studying

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 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.


Entry criteria:

You'll need to have:

  • 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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