Te Hapūtanga o te Ao Tikanga

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

Programme overview:

Following on from our level 4 programme, Te Hapūtanga o te Ao Tikanga is the next step to continue to develop your understanding of tikanga protocols and cultural practices relating to the specialised area of interest your studies are focused on.

You’ll further advance your technical and practical skills of tikanga within their proper context. You will also develop your ability to critically consider and analyse the thinking behind tikanga and its many applications in not only te ao Māori, but the modern world around us.

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

  • Te Pōkairua Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori) Kaupae 5 – New Zealand Diploma in Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori) Level 5

You'll learn about:

  • the ability to critically consider the thinking behind tikanga and its many applications in te ao Māori and the modern world
  • an operational ability to manage and apply the tikanga in a range of diverse contexts including leadership, problem solving and rangahau
  • an in-depth knowledge of tikanga protocols and cultural practices that provide solutions to modern day problems.

You'll be able to:

  • Research, apply and evaluate cultural concepts that foster the development of existing and emerging mātauranga, to advance mana ao tūroa.
  • Articulate te reo to communicate tikanga practice and concepts, to advance mana reo.
  • Apply practical and theoretical knowledge of tikanga concepts and practices, in some familiar and unfamiliar environmental settings, as an expression of mana whenua.
  • Select standard and non-standard processes to develop a range of Māori leadership attributes and principles that applies to tikanga, as an expression of mana tangata.

This qualification is for people who wish to in-depth knowledge of tikanga within a specialist field, founded on a Māori world view.

Graduates of this qualification will have a broad range of knowledge and skills to self-manage, and contribute to, to tikanga practice within defined contexts.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to take responsibility to self-manage their own learning and performance.  They will be able to apply knowledge fundamental to tikanga practice, within a chosen field of work, or study, and across the community in general.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 40 weeks. You will be required to attend 248 hours (an average of 7 hours per week) that may be made up of: 

  • noho – usually Friday to Sunday
  • 1-day wānanga 
  • kura whakaako (tutorial)


You’ll also need to participate in learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately:

  • 26 hours per week (on average)

Dates of your delivery schedule will be confirmed at enrolment. Some of the learning activities will need to be completed online. You will 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 resident (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue or the Cook Islands)
  • have a Level 4 qualification in tikanga, or relevant experience
  • must attend an information hui with a kaiako

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can continue on to the Level 6 programme, Te Whānautanga o te Ao Tikanga.

I want to use my qualification

Specialising in a specific tikanga practice will enable you to identify and apply tikanga in that practice and compare its application in other practices.

Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Mana Tangata | 30 Credits

Reflect on and evaluate your own practice of tikanga to identify and self-manage strengths and weaknesses as an expression of mana tangata.

Mana Whenua | 30 Credits

Apply theoretical knowledge of tikanga concepts to form and affirm relationships between people and the physical world as an expression of mana whenua.

Mana Reo | 30 Credits

Use a broad range of reo structures and tikanga practices to enhance mana reo.

Mana Ao Tūroa | 30 Credits

Apply and integrate a broad range of tikanga concepts and practices as an expression of mana ao tūroa. 

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