Heke Whakaakoranga

Diploma in Teaching (Māori Medium)

With the rapid growth in kaupapa Māori learning institutions and schools offering kaupapa Māori education programmes demand is increasing for well-trained and qualified Māori teachers. 

This course is taught in te reo Māori.

This tohu will lay the foundations for you to be well equipped to teach others to see the world through Māori eyes. Begin your journey to becoming competent to teach a range of subjects using the language of our ancestors.  

This is the first year of an innovative three year teaching degree, Poutuarongo Whakaakoranga, which will prepare you to teach in Māori medium education environments. The Heke Whakaakoranga, Diploma of Teaching (Māori Medium) is awarded to those who successfully complete the first year of study.

TeachNZ have scholarships that support this teaching qualification. See their website for more details https://www.teachnz.govt.nz/scholarships

Download the digital flyer pdf Heke Whakaakoranga.



Heke Whakaakoranga

Diploma in  Teaching (Māori Medium)

Code: HW
Credits: 120
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Location: Ōtaki
Mode: Te reo Māori
Next Intake: Huringa 1 (14 March 2022)
Entry Requirements: Applicants under the age of 20 must have university entrance (UE) or the equivalent to UE. The literacy, numeracy and ITC competency assessments will be used to ensure that applicants over the age of 20 meet comparable literacy and numeracy requirements as those entering with UE. Applicants will also demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of te reo Māori and have a strong commitment to progress te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in their teaching practice. Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required. For more information on entry requirements see appendix one of the academic regulations.
Tuition Fees: $3,390 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PWA101 Tautake Māori 1
    PWA102 Te Whakamahere Me Te Aromatawai 1
    PWA103 Whakahaere 1
    PWA104 Marautanga 1
    PWA105 Mahi Ako 1.1


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



Please contact your course administrator (Mereana Winterburn, ext 782) for details.


After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Teacher aide
  • Childcare support worker
  • Kaiāwhina or Kaitautoko in a learning environment