Heke Toiora Whānau

Diploma in Social Work

He aha te mea nui o te ao?  He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!  Are you after a rewarding career focused on working with whānau to uplift their wellbeing?

This one year diploma will introduce you to a uniquely Māori perspective on whānau wellness. If your passion is people and helping others, then this tohu will ignite your passion and set you up on a pathway in the social or community services sector. 

Mātauranga Māori and whakawhanaungatanga provide the foundations for the promotion of wellbeing, iwi and hapū planning, and hui organisation. You will gain the entry level skills and knowledge required to begin working with Māori to improve the social wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi. You will also develop kaupapa Māori research skills and a working knowledge of social policy, legislation, Māori policy development and practices relevant to whānau wellness.

Iwi, hapū and te reo Māori are an integral part of all Toiora Whānau programmes. This diploma is the first year of the four year Poutuarongo Toiora Whānau degree and from 1 July 2020 is eligible for the government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

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Heke Toiora Whānau

Diploma in Social Work

Code: HTW
Credits: 120
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Location: Ōtaki Campus,  Manukau Site
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Next Intake: Huringa 1 (14 March 2022)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 20 years, preference is given to mature students with life experience. Yearly police vetting.  Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required.
Tuition Fees: $3,413 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PORA101 Whakatupuranga Rua Mano
    PORA102 Te Whānau
    PORA103 Ngā Matatini Māori Tuatahi
    PORA104 Tikanga Tuku Iho


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


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2



Ōtaki Campus Manukau Site
Please contact your course administrator (Jacarna Blackburn, ext 712) for details. Please contact your course administrator (Lyndelle Paniora, 09 262 3614) for details.


After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Health Promoters
  • Foster Carer
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Community Health Workers