Heke Toi Whakarākai

Diploma in Design and Art

Toi Whakarākai aims to increase the number of Māori artists who are skilled in traditional techniques and who can significantly contribute towards the wellbeing and development of their marae, hapū and whānau.  Students will choose between a weaving or carving pathway. Iwi and hapū studies and te reo Māori are a key part of all Toi Whakarākai programmes.

Heke Toi Whakarākai introduces you to the methods used in traditional Māori art forms. Explore the journeys of tūpuna Māori to Aotearoa and learn about the harvesting and use of natural materials. Choose a weaving or carving focus and produce several items, including a kōwhaiwhai piece. 

Heke Toi is the first year of the three year Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai degree.

Heke Toi Whakarākai

Diploma in Design and Art

Code: HToi
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: $6098 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PTOI101 Foundation in Ngā Toi
    PTOI102 Ngā Toi 1 - Whakairo Rākau / Whatu / Tāniko
    PTOI103 Ngā Toi 2 - Whakairo Rākau / Raranga
    PTOI104 Ngā Toi 3 - Whakairo Rākau / Raranga


    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

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Working artist
  • Contributor to toi Māori for your marae
  • Skills in research pertaining to toi Māori
  • Contributor to the mātauranga Māori continuum