Māori Governance & Leadership

Diploma in Māori Governance & Leadership

  • Level 6
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Governance and leadership is an area where our opportunities for growth and development are exponential. We all want what's good for our whānau, hapū and iwi. But do we have the skills, capability and capacity to achieve those things?

Whether you're still in Treaty negotiations or you're well into your post-settlement phase, this programme will ensure you have what it takes to help your people progress. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of leadership, management and governance. Explore what kaitiakitanga means in today's political and economic landscape. Combine your commitment and desire to lead with tested tools and practical ability, and turn aspirations into reality!


You'll learn about:

  • ngā mana whakahaere (trusteeship and governance)
  • kaitiakitanga (stewardship)
  • toi whakapā (communication)
  • toi hautū (leadership)
  • Te Mana o Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi)
  • whai rauemi (financial, investment and asset management)
  • whai rautaki (strategic planning)

You'll know how to:

  • analyse and compare the roles of governance and management
  • develop a kaitiakitanga framework for/within a legal entity
  • develop and implement a communications strategy
  • analyse and compare leadership models
  • understand the obligations and practices of financial management
  • undertake rigorous and practical strategic planning

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying​​

Increase your expertise by enrolling in one of our many reo programmes. Or, our Postgraduate Diploma of Bicultural Professional Supervision will further develop your leadership skills.​

I want to use my qualification​

With skills at this level you could take on directorships and positions on advisory boards or trusts. You'll have the skills to contribute and lead in your whānau, hapū and iwi entities.


How you'll study:

  • noho marae

Entry criteria:

You'll need to either:

  • be a trustee now, or have two years experience as a trustee
  • have the Diploma in Small Business Enterprise (Level 5) or equivalent
  • have demonstrated equivalent life experiences and learning

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