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. 

Delivered only 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.

Note: This course is taught in te reo Māori.

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 (March)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years. Regular internet access, email address and computer, laptop, tablet or other suitable mobile device is required. A level of proficiency in te reo Māori is recommended.
Tuition Fees: $3,168 (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


    The reo programme has been absorbed into the specialization papers

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

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