Heke Mātauranga Māori

Diploma in Mātauranga Māori

From Rangi the sky father to Papa the earth mother and everything in-between, enter into the realm of ‘te ao mārama’ of expanding awareness and seeing the world through Māori eyes.

Stand upon the earth and feel her living heartbeat. Cast your gaze upwards to the eternal sky above.

Know your place in the world, this is te ao mārama. To see the world through Māori eyes is to understand how whakapapa tied our tūpuna to the living, breathing world around them. Mātauranga Māori is the limitless pool of oral tradition and knowledge passed down in an unbroken line built on the foundation of whakapapa, an all compassing network of connection knitting all things together into a whole. Mātauranga Māori allowed our tūpuna to understand, to explain and to interact with the natural world around them.

Heke Mātauranga Māori, incorporating te reo and iwi and hapū studies, is a holistic journey into the Māori world that looks at Māori knowledge as our tūpuna understood it, as we understand it today and as it will be applied tomorrow.

If you are a descendent of the Confederation of Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, you have the option of studying the Heke Awa, Raukawa, Toarangatira-tanga (HART).

The Heke programme is the first year of the three year Poutuarongo Mātauranga Māori degree.

Download the digital flyer pdfHeke Mātauranga Māori.

Heke Mātauranga Māori

Diploma in Mātauranga Māori

Code: HMM
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: $3,502 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PMMA101 Māori Art & Design
    PMMA102 Ngā Tikanga Tuku Iho 1
    PMMA103 Marae Performance
    PMMA104 The Tikanga Māori House: The Treaty of Waitangi and Mātauranga Māori


    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 (Rowina Hotene, ext 892) for details.

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Exhibition Technician
  • Library Assistant
  • Iwi/Hapū Representative