Kaitiakitanga

Postgraduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision

  • Level 8
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Graduates of this programme will have the knowledge, practice, skills and attributes to make a positive difference as kaitiaki/supervisors by effectively working alongside whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

This qualification is for those who want to gain a postgraduate diploma in professional supervision that has a unique point of difference in that it uses mātauranga Māori approaches as the core of its supervision curriculum in a range of different disciplines.

Take your practice to the next level by developing the bicultural skills needed to supervise, and support your staff and peers.


You’ll learn about:

  • Kaitiakitanga and its purpose and obligations within practice contexts and industry
  • the practice of Kaitiakitanga / professional supervision informed by Māori and non-Māori worldviews
  • the contextualisation of Kaitiakitanga within the practice of professional bicultural supervision to a practice context
  • developing your own model of Kaitiakitanga practice and integrating this into your professional context
  • addressing the need for confident, competent, conscious practitioners in a range of different disciplines.

You'll know how to:

  • develop your own Kaitiakitanga model of professional supervision and integrate this into your professional practice
  • apply Māori and non-Māori bodies of knowledge in your professional practice
  • further your understanding of bicultural supervision within your community.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be ready to enrol on our master's programme - He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge Level 9.

I want to use my qualification

Your practice of Kaitiakitanga can be applied across multiple disciplines such as social work, health, nursing, midwifery, counselling, education, community and iwi/hapū who are interested in undertaking a bicultural postgraduate diploma of supervision that is embedded in a Te Ao Māori worldview.


How you’ll study:

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

  • 1 x wānanga whaiti (3 hrs)
  • 7 x noho marae (18 hrs)
  • 1 x one day wānanga (8 hrs)
  • 1 x National conference (attendance compulsory)

It is important to note that additional learning (approximately 20 hours per week) will also need to be completed outside of class time.

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


Entry criteria:

  • attend an interview
  • hold a relevant undergraduate degree and two years' relevant professional practice, or
  • provide evidence of your professional practice (at least five years including your current position) and provide:
    • two references from appropriate people within your professional practice, and/or
    • two kaitiaki (trustee) letters of support from hapū, iwi, or community groups.

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