Māori Performing Arts

Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Art

  • Level 4
  • 38 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Do you have experience in the arts like kapa haka, theatre or drama? Have you always wanted to learn about using voice, sound and movement?

Māori Performing Arts is an exciting, social, interactive and energetic programme. Learn how to produce and perform at a professional level. You'll also build your self-confidence and an understanding of your identity. Immerse yourself in te ao Māori and watch your future open up before your eyes!

Our kaiako have industry experience and they'll make this an experience of a lifetime.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi Level 4 (Māori Performing Arts)

You'll learn about:

  • performance skills
  • performance production
  • performance studies
  • time and project management skills
  • other toi practitioners
  • rangahau (research)
  • history, tikanga and cultural practices relating to toi.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be able to apply for our Level 5 programme, Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art (Māori Performing Arts).

I want to use my qualification

You'll be ready to take on performing arts roles in the ngā toi sector or for whānau, hapū, iwi and the community.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Some of our locations offer different delivery modes. These will be confirmed by your local campus and might include:

Option 1 (Face-to-face delivery)

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (10 hours per week)
  • 9 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours per wānanga)

You'll need to also complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 21 hours per week.


Option 2 (Noho delivery)

  • 10 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)
  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (5 hours per week)
  • 2 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours per wānanga) 

Activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 21 hours per week.

Some of the learning activities will need to be completed online. You'll need to have access to an internet connected device for this programme.


Entry criteria:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme.

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