Māori Performing Arts

Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori & Indigenous Art

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: NZ Diploma in Ngā Toi Level 5 (Māori Performing Arts)

Māori performing arts is full of expression that merges culture, performance and creativity. It's used to tell the stories of the past, connect with diverse audiences and encourage self-exploration.

Designed to advance your skills and knowledge to work in and contribute to Māori performance art, this diploma will teach you how to be a kaitiaki of Ngā Toi Māori by becoming self-managing, assisting in leadership, and completing different projects.


You'll learn about:

  • your role as a kaitiaki of Maōri performing arts
  • creative processes and media practices through reflection
  • toi techniques and skills
  • rangahau (research)
  • tikanga and kawa
  • assisting in leading and managing projects
  • self-expression and communication.

You'll know how to:

  • be a first-rate performer
  • apply practical skills to produce major productions
  • assist in the management, creation and completion of projects
  • reflect, analyse and apply insights to your work
  • present to live audiences
  • source and prepare materials for performance
  • apply tikanga and kawa relating to Māori performing art.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to enrol in a New Zealand Diploma in Ngā Toi Level 6 in Māori Performing Arts.

I want to use my qualification

Graduates will have skills and knowledge to work in, or contribute to the Ngā Toi practice and sector. You'll also be well positioned to support and assist your whānau, hapū, iwi, and community with Ngā Toi projects.


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 (face to face delivery)

  • Kura whakaako (compulsory tutorials) and one day wānanga (11-12 hours per week)*

Option 2 (noho delivery)

  • Kura whakaako per week (compulsory tutorials) (4 hours total per week)*
  • 1 x one day wānanga (10 hours)*
  • 10 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)

It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 22 hours per week.

*Dates and venue/s for kura whakaako and wānanga will be confirmed by delivery site.


Entry criteria:

  • have completed the Certificate in Māori Performing Arts Level 4 or
  • Kāwai Raupapa Level 4 or equivalent 120 credit, Level 4 toi programme
  • attend an interview and take part in a programme selection process.
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