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.

Whakairo (Carving)

If you have ever stood in the middle of a meeting house and stared intently at the carvings contained within, are hands-on and love creating, then put your hands to the chisel and begin your creative career pursuing the arts of our tūpuna with this one year diploma in carving.

You will be introduced to the skills and knowledge handed down through generations of tūpuna Maōri relating to Hineraukatauri, Mataora, Tūmatauenga and Rongomātāne. You will learn pūrākau, the origins, design and creation of tāonga pūoro, kōwhaiwhai, whakairo rākau as well as tikanga and workshop practises.

This very practical hands-on diploma is the first year of the degree, Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai (Whakairo) and combined with Iwi and Hapū Studies will allow you to flourish as an artist within the growing contemporary indigenous art movement.

Download the digital flyer pdf Heke Toi Whakarakai - Carving.


Raranga (Weaving)

Experience the benefit of art and creativity in a uniquely kaupapa Māori environment and become a proponent for taonga toi within your whānau, hapū and iwi.

This one year diploma introduces you to traditional concepts in design and practise. You will develop an understanding of traditional design – its components and the world it was born in.

The world of natural materials, their collection and preparation is explored through the medium of woven taonga. The techniques of tāniko, whatu and raranga are employed to create indigenous fashion and other woven art forms. Iwi, hapū and reo studies will enrich your learning and appreciation for taonga held by your whānau hapū and iwi.

This tohu is perfect if you are seeking to stimulate your inherent creative self both in the visual and language arenas. This diploma is the first year of study toward the three year degree programme.

Download the digital flyer pdf Heke Toi Whakarakai - Weaving.

Heke Toi Whakarākai

Diploma in Design and Art

Code: HToi
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: Whakairo - $5,398 (approximately) 
Raranga - $3,912 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PTOIA101A Foundation in Ngā Toi: Raukatauri OR
    Foundation in Ngā Toi: Whatu/Tāniko

    PTOIA102A Ngā Toi 1 - Tumatauenga OR
    PTOIA102B Ngā Toi 1 - Whatu/Tāniko

    PTOIA103A Ngā Toi 2 - Rongomātāne OR
    PTOIA103B Ngā Toi 2 - Raranga

    PTOIA104A Ngā Toi 3 - Mataora OR
    PTOIA104B Ngā Toi 3 - Raranga


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


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2



Please contact your course administrator (Hinepuororangi Tahuparae, ext 735) for details.

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