Diploma in Waka

  • Level 5
  • 38 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: Te Pōkairua Tikanga (Waka) Kaupae 5 - New Zealand Diploma in Tikanga (Waka) Level 5

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is proud to offer our first diploma qualification in Waka. The Diploma in Waka advances your confidence and knowledge in waka skills and practice with high-performance long-distance waka ama paddling, open seas waka hourua sailing and navigation techniques.

You'll also learn about the nautical traditions that brought Māori to Aotearoa, advanced water safety skills, waka hourua practices, weather interpretation, environmentalism and much more.


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:

  • advanced physical and psychological fitness
  • advanced weather interpretation
  • Maritime Restricted Radio Operators Certificate (MRROC)
  • advanced water survival competency
  • long distance waka ama techniques
  • waka hourua
  • navigation
  • NZ sports anti-doping
  • advancing your knowledge of health and nutrition
  • event management.

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

You might be eligible to enrol in our master's programme in Indigenous Knowledge - He Waka Hiringa.

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)
  • 2 x one-day wānanga (9 hrs)

It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 25 hours per week.

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

In some locations this programme may be provided by way of an approved sub-contract arrangement.


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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