Ngā Mahi ā Te Whare Pora

Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Art

  • Level 4
  • 36 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi (Level 4).

Become part of a rich tradition of cultural expression and explore the techniques, history and tikanga associated with toi (the arts).

This programme offers students the opportunity to start specialising in a particular area of weaving. Depending on your location you may have the option of mahi raranga, whatu, tāniko, tukutuku or working with different fibres.

You'll learn various toi techniques and practices through a number of project-based tasks. These projects will teach you the creative processes involved to complete your work and the planning skills to manage your time. If you've always wanted to learn how to weave, this qualification is a great place to start.


You'll learn about:

  • Māori patterns and designs
  • time and project management skills
  • technical skill in ngā mahi ā te whare pora - mahi raranga, whatu, tāniko, tukutuku
  • working with different fibres - eg. harakeke
  • other toi practitioners
  • rangahau (research)
  • history, tikanga and cultural practices relating to toi.

You'll know how to:

  • create and complete works
  • apply solutions to creative processes
  • work with others
  • present and display your work
  • source and prepare materials for toi practice
  • apply tikanga and kawa relating to toi
  • manage your time when completing projects
  • reflect on your work.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be able to apply to enrol in our Level 5 programme, Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art (Ngā Mahi ā Te Whare Pora).

I want to use my qualification

Use your weaving skills to contribute to your marae and community.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Option 1: (noho)

  • weekly kura whakaako (compulsory tutorials) (5 hours)
  • 10 x noho marae (overnight/weekend stay)
  • 2 x one-day wānanga.

Option 2: (in-class delivery)

  • weekly kura whakaako (compulsory tutorials)/one-day wānanga (12.5 total contact hours per week)

It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 21 hours per week.


Entry criteria

  • submit a portfolio of your creative practice
  • attend an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme.

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