Kaitiakitanga

Postgraduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision

  • Level 8
  • 38 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

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

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.

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.

When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision Level 8

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.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Apply 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.


How you’ll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 32 x wānanga whaiti (3 hours)
  • 8 x noho marae (18 hours)
  • 1 x one day wānanga (8 hours)
  • 1 x national conference (attendance is compulsory).

Additional learning of approximately 26.7 hours per week will also need to be completed outside of class time.


Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • hold a relevant undergraduate degree and two years' relevant professional practice
  • provide supportive references from two appropriate people within the professional practice discipline and/or provide two kaitiaki letters of support from hapū, iwi, or community groups

Candidates who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit evidence of current professional practice and/or kaitiaki practice in a portfolio, as well as:

  • participate in a professional conversation to assess their suitability to enter the qualification
  • provide evidence of at least five years relevant professional practice. 

Fee detail:

The 2020 fee for this postgraduate diploma is:

Year 1: $5,810.11

GST Inclusive.

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes may be able to study fee free in their first year. To find out whether you are eligible visit: feesfree.govt.nz.

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