Heke Kawa Oranga

Diploma in Health Promotion, Sport And Exercise Sciences

Combine your love of physical activity (sports, fitness, outdoor pursuits) with the theory of healthy lifestyle choices grounded in a tikanga Māori health and wellness framework.

Heke Kawa Oranga will introduce you to the fundamentals of exercise, nutrition, sports, fitness and health promotion. Physical activities and a real 'hands on' approach combine with theory to ensure a well-rounded knowledge base. Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, gym instruction, sports and fitness are just some examples of the activities you may engage in along with nutrition, health promotion, outdoor safety and event planning and management.

This tohu is action packed and grounded in a tikanga Māori wellness framework along with iwi and hapū and te reo studies to promote and encourage better health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori whānau. Heke Kawa Oranga is also a practical programme to start a career in sports and health promotion or exercise instruction and is the
first year to the Poutuarongo Kawa Oranga degree.

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Heke Kawa Oranga

Diploma in Health Promotion, Sport and Exercise Sciences

Code: HKO
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: $4,045 (approximately)



  • Year One

    PKOA103 Kaupapa Māori Exercise Prescription I
    PKOA102 Te Taiao I - Māori Environmental Engagement
    PKOA101 He Mātai Oranga I - Māori Health and Wellbeing
    PKOA104 Te Whare o Rongo I - Recovery and Nutrition


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


    REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
    REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2



Please contact Seth Brons, ext 810 for details.

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Health Promoters
  • Youth and Community Workers