Toi Paematua - Diploma in Māori & Indigenous Art - Māori Performing Arts

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

Programme overview:

Māori performing arts is full of expression that merges culture, performance and creativity. It's used to tell the stories of the past, connect with diverse audiences and encourage self-exploration.

Designed to advance your skills and knowledge to work in and contribute to Māori performance art, this diploma will teach you how to be a kaitiaki of ngā toi Māori by becoming self-managing, assisting in leadership, and completing different projects.

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

  • New Zealand Diploma in Ngā Toi Level 5 (Māori Performing Arts)

You'll learn about:

  • your role as a kaitiaki of Māori performing arts
  • creative processes and media practices through reflection
  • toi techniques and skills
  • rangahau (research)
  • tikanga and kawa
  • assisting in leading and managing projects
  • self-expression and communication

You'll be able to:

  • apply technical, theoretical and operational skills and knowledge in area of specialty to inform art form development
  • analyse standard and non-standard processes of artistic evolution and variation, and apply to art form practice in area of specialty
  • apply a range of technical skills and knowledge to create solutions for a range of familiar and unfamiliar Ngā Toi problems in area of specialty
  • create and complete a body of work within area of specialty
  • assist in the management and/or support the leadership of a Ngā Toi project in area of specialty


This qualification is intended for practitioners seeking to broaden operational, technical and theoretical knowledge, consistent with tikanga and reo in Māori Performing Arts.

Graduates of this qualification will contribute to New Zealand as self-managing practitioners of Ngā Toi within defined contexts able to complete projects, and assist in the management, leadership, and kaitiakitanga of Ngā Toi.

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)
  • 4 x 1-day wānanga (10 hours each)

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

  • 22 hours per week

Option 2 Noho delivery

  • 10 x noho (25 hours per noho)
  • 1-day wānanga (10 hours)
  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (4 hours per week)

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

  • 22 hours per week

Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen or resident (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue or the Cook Islands)
  • have successfully completed Kāwai Raupapa Level 4, or an equivalent Level 4 Ngā Toi qualification of at least 120 credits, or a portfolio showing evidence of equivalent experience
  • attend an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to enrol into a Level 6 programme with another provider.

I want to use my qualification

Graduates will have skills and knowledge to work in, or contribute to, the Ngā Toi practice and sector. You'll also be well positioned to support and assist your whānau, hapū, iwi, and community with Ngā Toi projects.

Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Toi Awe - Creative Process | 30 Credits

Apply broad knowledge, practical and conceptual skills in the production of creative work. 

Toi Iro - Exploration | 30 Credits

Analyse own and others’ artistic evolution and variation, applying insights to creative work.

Toi Raupapa - Organisation | 30 Credits

Assist in the management, creation and completion of a toi project.

Toi Hanga - Creation | 30 Credits

Create and complete creative work in a chosen Kaupapa Toi.

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