Whakairo - Carving

Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Visual Arts

  • Level 4
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Start learning whakairo at an introductory level. Become part of a rich tradition of cultural expression and explore the techniques, history and tikanga associated with this art form.


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:

  • Māori patterns and designs
  • drawing and design
  • technical skill in carving
  • tikanga and cultural practices relating to carving.

You'll know how to:

  • draw carving designs
  • use basic carving tools
  • have some knowledge of carving patterns, forms and symbols
  • have some knowledge of whakapapa and whānau, hapū and iwi traditions.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol in our level 5 diploma, Toi Paematua or pathway into our degree, Maunga Kura Toi.

I want to use my qualification

Use your carving skills to contribute to your marae and community, or to make and sell carved work at markets and gift shops.


How youll study

This programme uses a blended delivery method that includes:

  • face-to-face learning
  • tutorials
  • self-directed and/or directed learning
  • noho.

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