Diploma in Rongoā

  • Level 5
  • 38 weeks - full-time
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Here's your opportunity to take your current knowledge of rongoā to an advanced level by further developing your skills in our diploma programme. You'll deepen your understanding of rongoā Māori history and practices, and advance your knowledge and understanding by exploring the essence of the natural environment.

Become a kaitiaki of rongoā for future generations, supported by a nationally recognised qualification. 

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

  • New Zealand Diploma in Tikanga (Rongoā) Level 5

You'll learn about:

  • analysing rongoā models
  • WAI262 claim and how it influences rongoā Māori practice
  • rangahau (research)
  • preparing rongoā within a specific kaupapa
  • using te reo Māori to communicate tikanga practices
  • critiquing karakia and takutaku
  • applying your knowledge of tikanga concepts to the practice of rongoā

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:

  • 1 x kura whakaako - compulsory classes (3 hours per week)
  • 8 x noho marae (23 hours per noho)
  • 4 x 1-day wānanga (9 hours per wānanga)

You'll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for:

  • approximately 25 hours per week

Tauira will need to engage in the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa digital platform I-Akoranga throughout the programme. Internet access and a digital device is needed to enhance the tauira learning experience.


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
  • reside in New Zealand
  • have completed a Level 4 qualification in rongoā, and have a NZ Certificate in Tikanga Level 4, or 100 hours of rongoā practice approved by a rongoā practitioner affiliated to Te Kāhui Rongoā or a rongoā practitioner recognised by hapū/iwi
  • attend an interview

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Where will this take me

I want to keep studying

You can apply to enrol on He Waka Hiringa - Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge Level 9.

I want to use my qualification

Use your skills to help your whānau and our communities. You might be able to advise local and regional agencies seeking to broaden their knowledge base in kaupapa Māori principles and practices.

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