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.


How you'll study:

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

In class delivery:

  • 2 x weekly wananga (5 hours)
  • 9 x 1 day wananga (10 hours)

Noho delivery:

  • 1 x weekly wānanga (4 hours)
  • 8 x noho marae (25 hours)
  • 2 x one day wānanga (12 hours)

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.

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


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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