Academic Regulations

These academic regulations are currently under review and will be updated on this website page and in the 2019 edition of Te Ara, the Te Wānanga o Raukawa student handbook.

Admission to programmes

  • For admission to any of the programmes, applicants must be able to satisfy the kaihautū of the programme, the academic board and Te Mana Whakahaere that they have the background that is appropriate to undertake the programme successfully.
  • No formal qualifications from educational institutions are required for admission. However, a demonstrated interest in the particular programme is expected. A strong desire to become bilingual should also be demonstrated.
  • At enrolment the applicant will be counselled on the requirements of study and on the commitment necessary to complete a programme of study.
  • Full-load students will be required to do Iwi and Hapū studies, Te Reo Studies and the prescribed work for one year for any specialisation.
  • Students will be required to attend a seminar on “Preparation for Wānanga Studies”. This will take place at noho one.


To enrol in a programme of study the applicant must complete the pre-enrolment requirements, as follows:

  • Submit an application in writing or online via the website.
  • If the applicant is also studying at kura the application must include letters of approval and support from the parent or caregiver of the applicant and the tumuaki or principal of the kura.
  • Applicants who apply as part of a kura arrangement are required to complete their assessments in te reo Māori.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have time available for regular daily study and research at home and for the compulsory residential seminars.
  • Any person not belonging to the Confederation is acceptable for enrolment. (The studies will emphasise Ngāti Raukawa-, Ngāti Toa Rangatira-, and Te Āti Awa-tanga; however, study of iwi, hapū or marae outside the Confederation is encouraged).
  • Studies require research assistance from hapū and iwi. When applying for admission to a programme, applicants will be interviewed on the support that they have from hapū and iwi for undertaking studies at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
  • Applicants will be interviewed on their ability to fulfil the above requirements.
  • Applicants seeking entry should demonstrate a strong motivation to become bilingual. The level of language competence for entry to the first Māori language total immersion hui (hui rūmaki reo) is a sound knowledge of Waititi’s Te Rangatahi I (or of its equivalent). A good knowledge of Kāretu’s Te Reo Rangatira is a preferred level of entry. Weekly language classes to assist students to achieve this standard and to make early and significant progress with the language are offered.
  • A student shall be considered enrolled in the programme when the enrolment is confirmed by Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
  • Applicants need to have access to a computer and the internet for study purposes. 


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:

  • attend and participate at scheduled noho and classes
  • complete assessments by the due dates
  • pay the fees when due.

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.

Effective withdrawal

If a student fails to attend or 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:

  • make a special application to the kaihautū of the programme providing valid reasons for prior non-completion of the papers and
  • clearly demonstrate how they will fulfill the requirements of the study.

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

Where it is appropriate, Te Mana Whakahaere will credit to a student’s programme of study successful studies undertaken elsewhere, as well as relevant learning and experience. However, at this stage no reciprocity can be guaranteed for students of Te Wānanga o Raukawa who seek to enrol at other institutions. Each case will be treated individually on its merits in accordance with the following procedure:

  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.
    1. In the event of a positive recommendation, endorsement by Te Mana Whakahaere is to be sought.
    2. 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.


  • The assessment requirements will be distributed to students at the commencement of each course. Assessment may include the following:
    • Attendance and participation at class including contributing to discussion and other class exercises.
    • Assignments, essays and / or presentations requiring a review of the readings and lectures to illustrate understanding of principles and techniques.
  • The research assignment and project requirements will be specified at the commencement of each programme or part thereof. Research assignments and projects must be submitted by the specified due date. The work will be assessed by tutors and graded from “excellent” to “satisfactory” or marked as “incomplete”.
  • Students whose work is marked “incomplete” may resubmit it at a later date. The appropriate tutor is to ensure that:
    • The student is advised of the reasons for the invitation that the work be resubmitted and
    • A date is set by which the revised assignment is to be submitted.
  • If the revised piece is unacceptable, there is to be a conference with the student, the tutor and the tumuaki or his/her nominee to determine what difficulties are preventing the student from completing the work satisfactorily within the time prescribed and what action would be appropriate. It is important to Te Wānanga o Raukawa that every effort be made to advance students through to the successful conclusion of their programmes. However, there will be occasions when withdrawal is the appropriate course of action. The options are that the student be:
    • given one further, and final, opportunity to complete the assignment within a time period set by the conference
    • given the opportunity, if appropriate, to complete the assessment orally in Māori or English
    • advised to withdraw from the programme.
  • While emphasis is placed on written work, there are courses for which demonstrations or presentations are required. As a general policy kaihautū and tutors of programmes are encouraged to promote and accept alternative ways of demonstrating that the learning outcomes have been achieved.

Assessment Appeal

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

  • As part of the teaching/learning process, outputs of excellence are desired and for some this comes earlier and is sustained; for all, it is a lifelong pursuit in one dimension of life or another.
  • Te Wānanga o Raukawa is committed to the maintenance of programme content and standards, which are acceptable to other parts of the academic community, and will seek advice from appropriate independent teachers, researchers and other professionals and employ performance indicators, which are appropriate.
  • Te Wānanga o Raukawa tries to ensure that the assessment procedures evoke a positive and favourable response from students. There are students who complete the work satisfactorily and may gain formal recognition for excellent results, and there are those whose work is continuing but incomplete. Graduation depends on completion of all programme work within the specified time limits.
  • All assessments are based on accomplishments (to an acceptable level) reflected in one or more of the following:
    • attendance and participation in class work
    • assignments and essays
    • study projects
    • examinations in subjects where results are able to be assessed as “correct” or “incorrect”
    • presentations

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 counseled regarding his or her ability to complete the programme.

Assignment due dates

  • Assignments are due on the dates shown in the ngā akoranga for the respective paper and programme. Students who are unable to submit their assignments before the due date must apply to the programme kaihautū, in writing, for an extension. Applications are to be submitted prior to the assignment due date.
  • The student is responsible for ensuring Te Wānanga o Raukawa receives assignments.

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:

  • that students not be asked to pass judgement on their mātua group (many of their tutors will be in this group)
  • that student evaluation and other moderation questionnaires not be anonymous (kia kōrero, kia mahi awatea).

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

  • Independent teachers, researchers and other professionals will be invited to review examples of students work in order to assist in the compilation of a report to the advisory board on the standard of programme content, presentation and assessment. External moderators will be appointed to review assessment procedures and decisions and comment on standards, both expected and achieved. Each year the programme kaihautū will compile these commentaries into a report which will be provided to, and considered by an advisory board and forwarded to Te Mana Whakahaere. 
  • The advisory board consists of people from various areas of the community who have an interest in a particular programme. This may include the programme monitor and/or moderator. The tumuaki, or nominee, is to be a member of each advisory board. The work of the advisory board will complement the monitoring activities of the NZQA and provide guidance on course content and presentation and on student assessment and other matters.

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.

Normal progression

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.

Compassionate consideration

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.

In all cases the student will firstly endeavour to seek an extension to the assessment due date or another opportunity to complete the assessment. Where this is not practical or possible the application for compassionate consideration may be made.

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.

Transition Arrangements

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.

Further studies

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
according to the resources and activities of their particular programme. For a full break down and explanation of your total fee, contact Ratonga Ākonga 0800 WANANGA (0800 9262642).

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 notice of the withdrawal is received by Te Wānanga o Raukawa before the official course start date, the fees charged will be refunded in full less the cost of any resources provided.
  • If Te Wānanga o Raukawa receives notice of withdrawal within 28-days of the official course start date, the fees paid will be refunded less a 10% administration fee and also less the cost of any resources and services provided, for example noho costs, readings, te reo resources and in some cases IT items.
  • Should a student give notice of withdrawal after the 28-day period there will be no refund of fees.

Completions data

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
Tiaki Rawa, Office of Finance
Te Wānanga o Raukawa
PO Box 119
ŌTAKI 5542

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.

Personal records

Official records are maintained for each student including information on:

  • The quality and acceptability of assignments handed in and their overall progress
  • Their attendance and performance at residential hui

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.