Diploma in Māori Holistic Wellbeing
Steeped in matāuranga Maōri, this one year programme will introduce you to the origins of rongoā including restorative practises of the body, mind and soul. Drawing on pūrākau and the origins of whakapapa you will gain an understanding of where we stand in relation to our natural environment and the foundations of safe, ethical practice. Learn how to gather, prepare and apply a variety of preparations and resources, and gain knowledge on relevant policy and legislation relevant to rongoā. Be prepared to take an in-depth look at yourself; combined with iwi and hapū and reo studies you will be equipped for further advanced study in the health sector, or be able to develop preparations for yourself or whānau.
If you are seeking to become a practitioner of traditional and contemporary Māori holistic wellbeing for whānau, hapū and iwi, this tohu will help you get started.
Diploma in Māori Holistic Wellbeing
Duration: 1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Location: Ōtaki, Manukau
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
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.
Tuition Fees: $3,498 (approximately)
COURSE OF STUDY
HRNA101 Introduction to Rongoā
HRNA102 Te Whare Oranga: House of Wellbeing
HRNA103 Rongoā Application
HRNA104 Ngā Rākau Rongoā
IWI AND HAPŪ
IWI101 Private Study of One Marae
IWI102 Private Study of Iwi History
TE REO MĀORI
REO101 Hui Rumaki Reo 1
REO102 Hui Rumaki Reo 2
Ka puta te ihu
- Rongoā Practitioner
- Rongoā Advisor
- Whānau, Hapū and Iwi Health Promoter
- Natural Health Therapist
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
Awhina Henry received a Heke Rongoā flyer in her mailbox one day and she knew it was what she wanted to do. “My mum named me Awhina and that means to help or to care for someone. Helping people is something I’ve loved to do, I’ve always wanted to do that my whole life and it brings me a sense of purpose. I wanted to find an outlet for this,” says Awhi, as she is known by. She’s always loved to be in the ngahere, surrounded by nature and rākau. Her connection to the taiao is what helped her find a passion for Rongoā.
Awhi had been practicing Rongoā for about four years prior to the course, making kawakawa balms and oils for close friends and whānau. “I already had some mātauranga about plants but it was good to have some guidance from my kaiako”. The kaiako taught her about tikanga, kaitiakitanga, wairuatanga, and how this is applied to rongoā. One important aspect that Awhi took from this qualification was wairuatanga which she now applies to her everyday work.
Te Wānanga o Raukawa, for Awhi, was different from other institutions because it reminded her of how she grew up on the East Coast in te ao Māori. “Because of how I grew up it was easy to fit in and easy to understand... I love the environment, I love how everyone is whānau.”
Awhi recommends this tohu to anyone wanting to open up their wairuatanga or wanting to know more about te ao Māori in general. “It’s important when you’re doing rongoā to know the basics of karakia, tikanga, and the origins of rongoā, which is what I took away from this.” One thing she wants people to know about rongoā is that it’s a lot more than simply making products, there is a lot of wairuatanga involved.
“We are really connected to our rākau, they’re engrained into our whakapapa as Māori. This connection that we have with them is really important.”
Awhi now runs her own Rongoā business, Awhi Ora Rongoā.
Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua!