Heke Whare Tapere

Diploma in Literary Performing Arts

Whare Tapere studies introduces you to the expression of Māori concepts, behaviour and values through song and dance. Learn about the history of whare tapere and develop key performance skills, including haka and waiata.  Mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori are a feature of all Whare Tapere progammes.

Heke Whare Tapere builds a foundation of knowledge around traditional Māori performance and the application of techniques in a contemporary context. The aim is to enable you to be a proficient and active performer with a working knowledge of te reo, composition, choreography and production. 

Heke Whare Tapere is the first year of the three year Poutuarongo Whare Tapere degree.

Heke Whare Tapere

Diploma in Literary Performing Arts

Code: HWT
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English) 
Next Intake:
 Huringa 1 (March)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years. Regular internet access, email address and computer, laptop, tablet or other suitable mobile device is required.
Tuition Fees: $3901 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PWT101 Introduction to te Whare Tapere
    PWT102 Ngā Tikanga a te Whare Tapere
    PWT103 Introduction to Composition
    PWT104 Tū Tamatāne, Tū Tamawahine


    ART101 Private Study of One Marae
    ART102 Private Study of Iwi History
    ART103 Interviews with Two Kaumātua


    REO101W or REO101M Akoranga ā-wiki Weekly Reo Classes or Te Ako Mai i Tawhiti (Distance Learning)
    REO102H Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO103H Hui Rumaki Reo 2