Diploma in Waka

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:


  • 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.

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:

  • perform responsibilities of a waka hourua crew member
  • survive in the water
  • operate a maritime VHF radio
  • navigate waka
  • show long-distance and advanced paddling techniques
  • predict and analyse weather patterns
  • recite karakia and waiata
  • undertake a kaitiaki wai project.

Where will this take me

I want to keep studying

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is planning to advance our waka provision in the near future. You may want to pathway into our master's programme, He Waka Hiringa.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be ready for high-level waka competition or open water sailing on waka hourua. You could also apply your skills in tourism, hospitality and retail, education, environmentalism or media.

How you'll study:

  • 3 hour class once a week
  • two 1-day wānanga
  • 8 noho marae
  • a half-day waka hourua sail.

Entry criteria:

You must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have successfully completed the Certificate in Waka Ama Level 4
  • have completed the advanced water survival competency test
  • have completed an HS40 medical information form.

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