Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori & Indigenous Art - Weaving

  • Level 4
  • 38 weeks - full-time
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Become part of a rich tradition of cultural expression and explore the techniques, history and tikanga associated with weaving.

This programme offers students the opportunity to start specialising in a particular area of weaving.

Depending on your location you may have the option of mahi raranga, whatu, tāniko, tukutuku or working with different fibres.

You'll learn various toi (art) techniques and practices through a number of project-based tasks. These projects will teach you the creative processes involved to complete your work and the planning skills to manage your time. If you've always wanted to learn how to weave, this programme is a great place to start.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi Level 4 (Ngā Mahi ā te Whare Pora)

You'll learn about:

  • Māori patterns and designs
  • time and project management skills
  • technical skill in ngā mahi ā te whare pora - mahi raranga, whatu, tāniko, tukutuku
  • working with different fibres - eg. harakeke
  • other toi practitioners
  • rangahau (research)
  • history, tikanga and cultural practices relating to toi

You'll be able to:

  • select and apply creative processes, methods, and techniques to create solutions for familiar problems in area of specialty
  • compare the processes of others’ and explore artistic evolution and variation, to inform own art form practice in an area of specialty
  • create and complete Ngā Toi projects, under broad guidance and in accordance with project briefs, in area of specialty
  • manage project briefs, under broad guidance, to produce Ngā Toi work


This qualification is intended for people seeking to develop broad operational and theoretical knowledge consistent with tikanga and reo in Ngā mahi ā te Whare Pora.

Graduates of this qualification will contribute to New Zealand as practitioners; by applying a broad range of skills and knowledge relevant to one of the Ngā Toi art forms. Graduates will have a further developed set of fundamental knowledge and skills, and be able to operate under broad guidance.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you'll need to attend:

  • 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 an internet-connected device for this programme.

Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

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

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be able to apply to enrol in our Level 5 programme, Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art (Ngā Mahi ā Te Whare Pora).

I want to use my qualification

Use your weaving skills to contribute to your marae and community.

Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Toi Awe (Creative Process) | 10 Credits

Apply solutions to creative processes to produce Kaupapa Toi creative work.

Toi Iro (Exploration) | 15 Credits

Compare the work of others to identify artistic variation and evolution.

Toi Raupapa (Organisation) | 15 Credits

Manage project briefs to produce creative work in a chosen Kaupapa Toi (area of specialty).

Toi Hanga (Creation) | 80 Credits

Create and complete creative work in a chosen Kaupapa Toi.

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