Heke Toiora Whānau

Diploma in Social Work

Toiora Whānau provides a uniquely Māori perspective on whānau wellness. Gain the skills and knowledge required to work effectively with Māori to improve the social wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi. 

Heke Toiora Whānau is a one year introduction to the principles of whānau wellness and working in a Māori context. It is also the first year of the four year Poutuarongo Toiora Whānau degree accredited by the Social Workers Registration Board. 

Mātauranga Māori and whakawhanaungatanga provide the foundations for the promotion of wellbeing, iwi and hapū planning, and hui organisation.  You will also develop kaupapa Māori research skills and a working knowledge of social policy, legislation, Māori policy development and practices relevant to whānau wellness.

Iwi and hapū studies and te reo Māori are an integral part of Heke Toiora Whānau.

Heke Toiora Whānau

Diploma in Social Work

Code: HTW
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: $3,509 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PTW101 Whakatupuranga Rua Mano
    PTW102 Te Whānau
    PTW103 Ngā Matatini Māori Tuatahi
    PTW104 Tikanga Tuku Iho
    PTW105 Tikanga Kaupapa Rua


    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

  • Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Health Promoters
  • Foster Carer
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Community Health Workers