Admission to programmes
To enrol in a programme of study the applicant must complete the pre-enrolment requirements, as follows:
Applicants are required to sign a declaration confirming that they have been informed of, and understand, the requirements of the study, and that they commit to:
Changes to enrolment
Requests to make changes to a confirmed enrolment must be made in writing to Ratonga Ākonga (Student Services).
Withdrawing from a programme of study
If a student wishes to formally withdraw from Te Wānanga o Raukawa, notice must be given in writing, to Ratonga Ākonga.
If a student fails to attend or to pay fees it may be seen as an effective withdrawal and the student may be withdrawn from the study programme.
Returning students or re-enrolments
Applicants who wish to re-enrol in a programme where they have previously enrolled but not attended or completed the study must:
Applications will be considered on a case by case basis and will only be approved where the kaihautū is confident that the commitment will be fulfilled.
Cross Crediting and Recognition of Prior Learning
1) The applicant is required to make a written submission to the kaihautū. A certified transcript of results and of relevant course prescriptions from places of previous study, or other relevant evidence, is to be submitted with the application.
2) The kaihautū is to advise the Academic Board of the application and recommend a course of action.
a) In the event of a positive recommendation, endorsement by Te Mana Whakahaere is to be sought.
b) In the event of a negative recommendation, the applicant may appeal to the Academic Board for further consideration. The Board shall make its recommendation to Te Mana Whakahaere whose decision shall be final.
Any student who feels that the circumstances of assessment processes have caused him or her to suffer academic disadvantage may appeal to the convenor of the academic board.
Assessment and standards expected of students
Te Wānanga o Raukawa is reluctant to use written examinations, or other forms of assessment, which may lead to a pass/fail mentality. Where written work is not of an acceptable standard, the student is encouraged to commit more time and effort to it and is given supervision. In these cases the student’s overall performance is assessed by the programme kaihautū and the tumuaki, and if necessary the student is counselled regarding his or her ability to complete the programme.
Assignment due dates
Marking of assignments submitted after the due date
Although every effort is made to mark assignments submitted after the published due date in the prescribed timeframe, it may take longer than the usual allocated time.
Internal matairua (moderation) and review
The programme kaihautū has overall responsibility for coordinating the contribution of presenters, including kaiāwhina, in terms of programme content, scheduling of classes and organising any field trips or other group activities. There is close communication between presenters, the programme kaihautū and the tumuaki to ensure that course material is current and is available to students through the library. There is also frequent communication among them regarding the progress of individual students, with identification of particular needs or strengths.
Auditing of presentations by the programme kaihautū or the tumuaki is welcomed as an indication of support and interest, and provides the basis of internal moderating at the peer level. Te Wānanga o Raukawa is testing alternative forms of moderation in which students participate. Some of the principles to be embodied are:
The academic board is directing this work and will seek advice from the kaihautū and other staff of the programme.
External matairua (moderation) and review
International connections and programme links
Our orientation has been to institutions which have programmes in Indigenous studies or who have on their staff scholars with research interests in Indigenous educational and other developments. This focus is likely to continue. It is probable that these are the institutions with which we will discover common curriculum and development interests.
We have a great deal to learn about ourselves and we anticipate that most of our energies will be put into research and case studies at home. We don’t expect that a lot of resources will be directed in studies of other societies. However, there will be scope for international joint ventures with Indigenous institutions, in particular. These are likely to be manifested in staff exchanges and in the joint promotion of seminars and conferences.
Before admission to any programme is permitted, all pre-requisites for that programme must have been satisfied. Where a programme is taught in parts, the pre-requisites for any part must be fulfilled before a student may be admitted to that part.
The Academic Board and Te Mana Whakahaere will consider applications for compassionate passes on the recommendation of the tumuaki. An application may be made in cases where a student is prevented from completing an assessment or requirement of their study programme because of an illness or injury, or some other exceptional circumstance beyond their control. Applications will only be granted where it will appropriately recognise the accomplishment of the student and not create inequities or diminish the mana of the degree.
Posthumous award of qualifications
The Academic Board and Te Mana Whakahaere will consider applications to confer an award of a qualification to a deceased student in cases where a student has completed at least 80% of the requirements for each area of study they are enrolled in, within an appropriate timeframe, and it is considered by the applicable kaihautū that the student would otherwise have completed their work satisfactorily by the due date.
Process for application of compassionate consideration or posthumous awards of a qualification
1) The application is to be made, in writing, including all appropriate documentation, to the programme kaihautū.
2) The kaihautū will take into consideration the student’s performance prior to the event and the likelihood of the student to have satisfactorily completed the work had they undertaken the assessment. The programme kaihautū will consider applications and forward the applications, including a recommendation, to the tumuaki.
3) The tumuaki will consider the application and make a recommendation to the Academic Board and Te Mana Whakahaere.
The tumuaki or nominee will advise the student (or in the case of posthumous award, the whānau) of the decision of Te Mana Whakahaere.
Students who have completed, or who are transferring from diploma or degree programmes at Te Wānanga o Raukawa may be credited with the iwi and hapū studies they have successfully completed. Those papers for which they gain credit may entitle them to exemption from attendance at that session. However, students will be required to meet any additional assessment requirements on time, as specified in the course outline.
The award of the certificate/diploma/degree
There will be no distinctions made with respect to the award of the certificate/diploma/degree with classes of honours or merit or distinction. The certificate/diploma/degree will be awarded if all the requirements are met and all completed research assignments and projects are acceptable.
For those students who complete a programme and wish to undertake further studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, there are various options available.
1) Upon completion of a poupou (certificate) programme, students may apply to pursue a one year heke (diploma)
2) Upon completion of a first year heke (diploma) programme, students may apply to do a further two to three years of study to complete a poutuarongo (bachelors) degree.
3) Alternatively, the student who performs well and demonstrates high academic potential may choose to seek admission into one of the tāhuhu (masters) programmes.
4) Students may need to do further preparation for admission to a tāhuhu programme.
Student fees are set according to the component costs of their programme. The fee may vary
Payment of fees
Payment of all fees must be made within six weeks of the invoice date.
Refund of fees
A proportion of the fees paid may be refunded in some instances as follows:
If the withdrawal is received within 28-days of the start date the fees will be refunded to the payer less a 10% administration fee. SAC funding will not be claimed and non-completion will not be included in the completions data.
Withdrawals received after 28-days from the start date will be actioned but will not be eligible for a fees refund. SAC funding may still be claimed and the non-completion will be included in the completions data.
If you have any queries or special requests regarding withdrawals and/or refund of fees please outline these in writing and forward to our Student Fees Officer.
Student Fees Officer
Eligibility for, and progress in, Postgraduate Studies
For admission to postgraduate studies applicants must be able to satisfy the kaihautū, the Academic Board and Te Mana Whakahaere that they have the appropriate background for the successful undertaking of graduate studies in all of the fields of the programme.
Persons with or without qualifications earned at universities or other tertiary institutions, who are able to demonstrate from their studies, research, writing or other activities that they are competent to undertake graduate level studies in one or more areas of mātauranga Māori or whakahaere will be considered for admission.
Candidates will be interviewed in depth by the kaihautū
Applicants for the Tāhuhu Mātauranga Māori must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient competence in the Māori language to participate effectively in seminars conducted in Māori and their credentials must, in addition, provide evidence of the ability to undertake research and write (in Māori), at an advanced level, research in the field of mātauranga Māori. These seminars, which form part of the graduate programme in mātauranga Māori, require adequate preparation for and active participation in the seminars on mātauranga Māori. The topics vary from year to year; the central theme is mātauranga Māori.
Beyond the tāhuhu level of study, a small number of exceptionally well-suited people may be invited to undertake research, workshops, study and writing toward a tohu known as te kāurutanga.
Te Mana Whakahaere will attempt to administer the affairs and regulations of Te Wānanga o Raukawa with fairness, common sense, good faith, integrity, flexibility and generosity and it is hoped that students and other interested parties will adopt the same approach in their dealings with Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
Official records are maintained for each student including information on:
Internal procedure for Minor Changes
Any proposals for minor changes either by modification of the prescriptions for continuing programmes that do not affect the predominant character of those programmes or additions or deletions of individual courses within the schedule of courses will go to the Academic Board and Te Mana Whakahaere. If agreed, the proposed changes would then be sent to NZQA with explanatory notes.
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