Mau Rākau

Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Art

  • Level 4
  • 36 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi Level 4 (Mau Rākau)

Mau Rākau is a traditional Māori martial art and this unique programme gives you the opportunity to learn the ancestral practices, values and protocols of the warrior.

You'll learn about Māori culture and traditions, value your heritage, gain new skills and get fit. Have fun in an inclusive learning environment while you develop a specialised skill set, and help to preserve the rich culture and art of the warrior.


You'll learn about:

  • mau rākau and tū taua
  • sport, games and training exercises of the toa
  • whakapapa and pepeha
  • karakia
  • knowledge, tikanga and values of the toa
  • stances, positions, strokes, body movements, facial expressions, blocks, counters, engagement.

You'll know how to:

  • work with others
  • apply tikanga and kawa relating to toi
  • manage your time
  • 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 (Mau Rākau).

I want to use my qualification

With skills at this level you can share what you know with your whānau, hapū, iwi. Teach classes on your marae, in the community or at schools and kura.


Entry criteria:

To enrol you'll need to participate in an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme.

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