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.

Heke Toi Whakarākai introduces you to the methods used in traditional Māori art forms. Explore the journeys of tūpuna Māori to Aotearoa and learn about the harvesting and use of natural materials. Choose a weaving or carving focus and produce several items, including a kōwhaiwhai piece. 

Heke Toi is the first year of the three year Poutuarongo Toi Whakarākai degree.

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
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: Whakairo - $5,368 (approximately) 
Raranga - $3,882 (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 - 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 Histor


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2

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