Heke Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao

Diploma in Environmental Management

Become a guardian of our great outdoors as you examine the lay of the land, the sound of the bush, the feel of the water and the natural laws of the land.

This programme will take you on a journey of self-discovery instilling environmental values consistent with kaupapa and tikanga Māori, as you equip yourself with the necessary tools to ensure the survival of our taonga tuku iho for generations to come.

Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao explores the roles and responsibilities of tangata whenua to ngā taonga tuku iho (our inherited treasures) and how to uplift and maintain the wellbeing of our environment from a kaupapa Māori perspective. 

Engage with like-minded environmentalists and gain an understanding of a kaupapa Māori approach to the environment.  This tohu is ideal if you are looking to start a career in the fast-growing environmental science industry, and is the first year of the degree programme.

At diploma level you are introduced to the foundations of environmental management, iwi and hapū studies and te reo Māori. The diploma is also the first year of the Poutuarongo Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao programme.

Download the digital flyer pdf Heke Kaitiakitanga Putaiao.

Heke Kaitiakitanga Pūtaiao

Diploma in Environmental Management

Code: HKP
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: $4,197 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PKPA101 Te Oranga ā Tāne
    PKPA102 Kohinga Mahara
    PKPA103 Ngā Take Taiao
    PKPA104 Wai Māori ā Rōpū Tukuiho


    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 (Kara Doyle, ext 869) for details.


After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Support iwi authority and indigenous environmental initiatives
  • Advise on environmental management projects
  • Rūnanga, iwi and hāpū representative
  • Particpate in environmental impact assessments for local authorities