Toi Paematua (Whakairo)

Diploma in Māori Art

  • Level 5
  • 36 weeks
  • Fees may apply

Programme overview:

Begin a dedicated journey in carving through deeper exploration of the skills, tikanga, and practices of whakairo.


You'll learn about:

  • media practice
  • creative processes - ways to make work
  • individual projects
  • collective projects
  • values and beliefs
  • traditional knowledge and practice

You'll know how to:

  • explain the origins and traditions of carving
  • design and create work using wood or other media
  • maintain your carving tools
  • practice workshop safety
  • plan and carry out a project
  • record and report on the creative process
  • reflect on your practice

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying​​

You could be eligible to apply to enrol in the bachelor’s degree, Maunga Kura Toi.​

I want to use my qualification​

With skills at this level you could be a practising artist, work in community arts, or take on entry-level roles at art galleries.


How you'll study:

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

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

Entry criteria:

You’ll need one of the following to enrol:

  • Kāwai Raupapa level 4 or
  • a level 4 Toi Māori qualification of at least 120 credits
  • a portfolio showing evidence of level 4 equivalent experience

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

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