Poutuarongo Kawa Oranga

Bachelor of Health Promotion, Sport And Exercise Sciences

Kawa Oranga is a three year bachelor qualification that will provide you with the skills and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to pursue an exciting career in the ever-expanding health industry helping others to improve their wellbeing. 

Taught out of Ngā Purapura, a high performance training centre based at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki, this distinctive environment will immerse you in a contemporary model for whānau and community wellbeing.  Equip yourself with the essential kaupapa (guiding principles), tikanga (practices) and kawa (protocols) pertaining to wellbeing that will become the foundations of your practice in promoting and assisting others with health and wellbeing goals.

This degree aims to empower you with the knowledge, skills and practical experiences required to make a meaningful leadership contribution to Māori wellbeing initiatives. It also represents an evolving philosophy for Māori wellbeing underpinned by ongoing research and exploration into mātauranga Māori, Māori wellbeing, health promotion, sport and exercise sciences.

A defining element of the Kawa Oranga journey is a strong emphasis on the acquisition of te reo Māori alongside an increased awareness of whānau, hapū and iwi dynamics. These components ensure graduates are sufficiently equipped with the necessary building blocks of Māori cultural identity that are critical for meaningful mana-enhancing engagement with Māori communities. Kawa Oranga is further supported by a number of kaiāwhina from across Aotearoa comprising of leading Māori academics and researchers together with recognised Māori wellbeing, sports and exercise specialists who each bring a range of skills, career experiences, specialist expertise and Māori cultural awareness to the classroom.

To enrol in this qualification you must first complete the  Heke Kawa Oranga, introducing you to kaupapa and tikanga in relation to healthy lifestyles, and the role of kawa in sport and exercise. These concepts are expanded upon in the Kawa Oranga degree programme that provides a balance of classroom theory, practical application in a fitness facility, whakatupu mātauranga on hapū and iwi, te reo Māori, and practical experience with sporting groups and organisations in the community.

As a graduate of these programmes you will be an agent for the promotion of kawa oranga providing te taha tinana guidance and leadership in balance with the other aspects that contribute to the wellbeing of the individual as a part of their whānau, hapū and iwi communities.

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Poutuarongo Kawa Oranga

Bachelor of Health Promotion, Sport and Exercise Sciences

Code: PKO
Credits: 360
 3 years
Level: NZQA Level 7
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: $12,550 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PKOA103 Kaupapa Māori Exercise Prescription I
    PKOA102 Te Taiao I - Māori Environmental Engagement
    PKOA101 He Mātai Oranga I - Māori Health and Wellbeing
    PKOA104 Te Whare o Rongo I - Recovery and Nutrition


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


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2

  • Year Two

    PKOA201He Mātai Oranga II - Māori Health and Wellbeing
    PKOA202 Te Whare o Rongo II - Recovery and Nutrition
    PKOA203 Kaupapa Māori Exercise Prescription II
    PKOA204 Te Taiao II - Māori Environmental Engagement


    IWI201 Private Study of One Hapū
    IWI202 Selected Private Studies


    REO201 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO202 Hui Rumaki Reo 2

  • Year Three

    PKOA301 He Mātai Oranga III - Māori Health and Wellbeing
    PKOA302 Kaupapa Māori Sports Performance
     Kaupapa Māori Exercise Prescription III
    PKOA304 Te Taiao III - Māori Environmental Engagement


    IWI301 Oral Literature Studies
    IWI302 Hapū and Iwi Performance


    REO301 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO302 Hui Rumaki Reo 2

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Kaupapa Māori Outdoor Education Specialist
  • Diet and Exercise Advisor
  • Rangatahi Health and Education Specialist
  • Sports Coach
  • Physical Education Trainer
  • Māori Health and Well-being Consultant / Researcher
  • Event Co-ordinator
  • Educator / Lecturer