Kāwai Raupapa (Whakairo)

Certificate in Māori Visual Arts

  • Level 4
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Start learning whakairo at an introductory level. Become part of a rich tradition of cultural expression and explore the techniques, history and tikanga associated with this art form.


You'll learn about:

  • Māori patterns and designs
  • drawing and design
  • technical skill in carving
  • tikanga and cultural practices relating to carving

You'll know how to:

  • draw carving designs
  • use basic carving tools
  • have some knowledge of carving patterns, forms, and symbols
  • have some knowledge of whakapapa and whānau, hapū and iwi traditions

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You may be eligible to enrol in our Level 5 Toi Paematua diploma or pathway into our Maunga Kura Toi degree.

I want to use my qualification

Use your carving skills to contribute to your marae, community, or to make and sell art at markets and gift shops.


How youll study

This programme uses a mixed-mode delivery method that includes:

  • face-to-face learning
  • group work
  • tutorials
  • self-directed and/or directed study
  • noho

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