Mau Rākau

Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori & Indigenous Art

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: NZ Diploma in Ngā Toi (Mau Rākau)

Mau rākau is an art form that is unique to Aotearoa, and this qualification allows those who have previously studied mau rākau the opportunity to advance their skills towards becoming a practitioner and contributor of a Māori martial art.

Designed to advance your current practices and techniques, you'll hone your skills through a number of different projects throughout your studies. Focus on advancing your creative processes, putting what you learn into practice, deepening your understanding of the history of mau rākau and improving yourself and your fitness levels.

You'll learn about:

  • examine advanced mau rākau practices
  • the history and whakapapa of mau rākau
  • effective time management and organisation
  • health and safety that relates to mau rākau practices
  • assess the creative process of mau rākau and its application.

You'll know how to:

  • apply advanced practices and techniques of mau rākau
  • confidently use different rākau (weaponry)
  • effective time management
  • adhere to tikanga and kawa relating to mau rākau
  • risk management of various mau rākau engagements.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to apply to enrol on our master's programme - He Waka Hiringa Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge.

I want to use my qualification

With skills at this level you'll be able to share your knowledge with others interested in learning mau rākau. You'll also be able to support your whānau, marae, hapū and iwi in different ways including support in pōwhiri and other ceremonial events.

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:

To enrol you'll need to:

  • have completed the Certificate in Tū Taua Level 4, the NZ Certificate in Ngā Toi Level 4 or an equivalent 120 credit, Level 4 qualification
  • attend an interview and take part in a programme selection process.
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