Heke Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao

Diploma in Environmental Management

Become a guardian of our great outdoors as you examine the lay of the land, the sound of the bush, the feel of the water and the natural laws of the land.

This programme will take you on a journey of self-discovery instilling environmental values consistent with kaupapa and tikanga Māori, as you equip yourself with the necessary tools to ensure the survival of our taonga tuku iho for generations to come.

Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao explores the roles and responsibilities of tangata whenua to ngā taonga tuku iho (our inherited treasures) and how to uplift and maintain the wellbeing of our environment from a kaupapa Māori perspective. 

Engage with like-minded environmentalists and gain an understanding of a kaupapa Māori approach to the environment.  This tohu is ideal if you are looking to start a career in the fast-growing environmental science industry, and is the first year of the degree programme.

At diploma level you are introduced to the foundations of environmental management, iwi and hapū studies and te reo Māori. The diploma is also the first year of the Poutuarongo Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao programme.

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Heke Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao

Diploma in Environmental Management

Code: HKP
Credits: 120
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Location: Ōtaki
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: $4,197 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PKPA101 Te Oranga ā Tāne
    PKPA102 Kohinga Mahara
    PKPA103 Ngā Take Taiao
    PKPA104 Wai Māori ā Rōpū Tukuiho


    IWI101 Private Study of One Marae
    IWI102 Private Study of Iwi History


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2



Year One Schedule

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Support iwi authority and indigenous environmental initiatives
  • Advise on environmental management projects
  • Rūnanga, iwi and hāpū representative
  • Particpate in environmental impact assessments for local authorities

Past Graduate

He paetahi

PKP yr 3 Te Kawa Robb.jpg

Te Kawa Robb
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui
Heke Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao Graduate

Poutuarongo Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao Tauira, tau tuatoru.

Now in his third and final year of study towards his Poutuarongo Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao (Bachelor of Environmental Management), Te Kawa Robb, a man of many talents is in demand.  “I am already seeing benefits beyond what I imagined starting to happen,” he says. 

Te Kawa chose to sudy at Te Wānanga o Raukawa after he spent a lot of time researching for a kaupapa Māori focussed qualification to compliment the already full time work he was doing.  Having studied previously at university, he was looking specifically for a holistic kaupapa Maōri driven learning environment and his decision to enrol is paying off.

“I am getting calls from my Rūnanga to come and hold kaipūtaiao courses for our taiohi and rangatahi back home,” Te Kawa says. “Learning te Reo and the iwi and hapū studies as part of this tohu has deepened my connection to the taiao, beyond what I had even hoped for when first undertaking my studies.”

Apart from study and family Te Kawa is a contractor and consultant for Mauri Ora Consulting Ltd, he also holds contracts for Para Kore Marae Inc., Sustainable Coastlines, Mountains to Sea Wellington (among others) providing zero waste event management and waste minimisation services, environmental education programme development and delivery services, photography and videography services and science communications and rangatahi services.

Te Kawa is already applying alot of the concepts he has learnt into his many roles which he says has been valuable for his people, whānau and Papatūānuku, this includes learning his own whakapapa as well as our whakapapa to te taiao.  

Balance has been everything for Te Kawa Robb, where possible he involves his whānau where he can on his journey.

“I would encourage any of our youth leaving kura who love the outdoors and want to empower themselves with the skills and knowledge of their rūnanga, hapū and whānau to utilise this qualification immediately to help protect their whenua, awa, moana.”

Te Kawa is adamant that our young people need to empower themselves with the knowledge, skills and discipline that this qualification offers to enter the environmental sector, who are in need of young Māori kaitiaki.