Whakairo - Carving

Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Art

  • Level 4
  • 38 weeks - full-time
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

If you’ve always wanted to learn about whakairo (Māori carving), this programme is a great place to start. You’ll complete practical projects and learn the hands-on processes for carving.

Our kaiako (tutors) are experienced carvers who’ll teach you the techniques, history and tikanga associated with the ancient art form of whakairo.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi Level 4 (Whakairo)


You'll learn about:

  • Māori patterns and designs
  • time and project management
  • drawing and design
  • technical skill in carving
  • other toi practitioners
  • rangahau (research)
  • history, tikanga and cultural practices relating to carving

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 each)

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

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 for our Level 5 programme, Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori and Indigenous Art (Whakairo).

I want to use my qualification

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


Fee detail

The 2022 fees for this certificate are:

$798.00 GST inclusive


Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First-time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes may be able to study fee free in their first year. To find out whether you are eligible visit: feesfree.govt.nz.

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