Heke Whare Tapere

Diploma in Literary Performing Arts

Kia kawea tātou e te Rēhia – Be inspired by the spirit of joy, of entertainment!  Te Whare Tapere is an integral activity for the retention of significant iwi and hapū traditions.

A modern day expression of te whare tapere is typically, but not exclusively, kapa haka and all the waiata/haka composed and performed about traditions. It also involves traditional games, storytelling, whakaari, taonga pūoro and costume adornment. These artistic forms are vessels for holding onto our identity, te reo and tikanga.  

This one year diploma will introduce you to our pūrākau (stories) of significance from different iwi about the Aotearoa origin of te whare tapere and similar activity. This very hands-on qualification will set you up for further studies and is the first year to our degree programme.

If you’re an entertainer by heart, love the stage, want to delve into the origins of te whare tapere or rekindle your passion for te ao Māori, then this tohu will give you the edge from others competing in the same career space. Iwi, hapū and reo studies will contribute to your growth and understanding as you express yourself through Māori performing arts.

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

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Heke Whare Tapere

Diploma in Literary Performing Arts

Code: HWT
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 (14 March 2022)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years. Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required.
Tuition Fees: $3,492 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PWTA101 Introduction to te Whare Tapere
    PWTA102 Ngā Tikanga a te Whare Tapere
    PWTA103 Introduction to Composition
    PWTA104 Tū Tamatāne, Tū Tamawahine


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


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2