He Waka Hiringa

Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge

  • Level 9
  • 2 years - full-time
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Are you an experienced practitioner of indigenous knowledge who wants to enhance your education and practice and give back to your community?

This practical master's programme provides you with a qualification, while enabling you to plan and complete a community based project. It is an opportunity to broaden your worldview, explore indigenous knowledge from humanistic, ancestral or sacred perspectives and make a difference to your community.

Underpinned by indigenous values and principles, He Waka Hiringa challenges practitioners to consider the holistic needs of indigenous people from a traditional and contemporary perspective. Through applied practice and rangahau you will explore how your practice can address current issues affecting indigenous people locally or globally.

This programme attracts practitioners such as educators, social workers, artists, health workers, healers, environmentalists, reo and tikanga experts.

When you pass this master's degree, you'll get this qualification:

  • Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge Level 9

You'll learn about:

  • rangahau - exploring the depth of your topic through indigenous inquiry
  • indigenous philosophical frameworks
  • how principles inform practice
  • planning and implementing a community project
  • academic requirements at master's level

How you'll study:

This master's degree consists of 240 credits delivered over 2 years. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

Year 1:

  • 5 x 5-day noho (32 hours per noho, total noho hours = 160 hours)
  • 5 x 8-hour wānanga (40 hours in total)
  • 20 x 2-hour wānanga whāiti (tutorials)

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

  • 24 hours per week

Year 2:

  • 6 x 5-day noho (32 hours per noho, total noho hours = 192 hours)
  • 6 x 8-hour wānanga (48 hours in total)

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

  • 27.5 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 a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • reside in New Zealand
  • have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in any relevant area


  • have documentary evidence of a high order of indigenous knowledge gained through formal study, professional or other experience


  • a project-based idea that is supported by whānau, your community or a specific group
  • make a significant contribution to Māori society, or other indigenous people/culture
  • have letters of support from hapū, iwi or community group(s).

All applicants are required to meet with the interview panel to present their applications.

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Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to further your education through doctoral study at other institutions.

I want to use my qualification

You can increase your career opportunities within your specialist field of practice.

Fee detail:

The 2022 fees for this degree are:

Year 1: $5,821

Year 2: $5,691

GST Inclusive.

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