Do I need to be able to speak te reo Māori to enrol with Te Wānanga o Raukawa?
For the majority of our programmes, no. If you study at diploma level or above you will be enrolled in te reo Māori papers as part of your qualification. You do not need to speak and understand the Māori language to enrol except where proficiency of te reo is required for entry (e.g. teaching and postgraduate level courses).
Tip: Our FREE online Poupou Huia Te Reo courses are an excellent way to get a headstart with te reo Māori and gain confidence in the online learning space.
Do I need to complete Iwi, Hapū and Reo studies?
Yes, Iwi and Hapū Studies and te reo Māori are two of the three components that make up your qualification at diploma and degree level. There are variations in certain qualifications where proficiency in te reo is required, but this will be discussed with you during academic counselling.
Researching your iwi and hapū and studying te reo Māori adds benefit to the knowledge and skills you are acquiring through your chosen specialisation. You will require a letter of support from your marae committee or hapū for your Iwi and Hapū Studies component when you enrol in your Heke (diploma) or Poutuarongo (bachelor degree) qualification.
What level of computing skills should I have to study at Te Wānanga o Raukawa?
While we can assist you to develop and hone your computing skills when you study with us, you should already feel comfortable using a laptop or computer, as well as common Microsoft applications, such as Word, Powerpoint, Excel and email. As a student at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, you will have access to Microsoft Office 365 and will be required to use these applications to complete your studies.
All courses at diploma level and above require students to work online, therefore, you will need a good internet connection and a laptop or computer. Some components, such as Iwi and Hapū Studies, are delivered entirely online and include written assignments and weekly online activities.
Do I need to move to Ōtaki to study at Te Wānanga o Raukawa?
If you want to study te reo Māori full time in the Heke Reo diploma, you may want to think about moving to Ōtaki or somewhere close by. Students in the full time reo programmes attend classes Monday to Thursday at the Ōtaki campus, so it is best to live within daily travelling distance.
For all other courses at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, you can live anywhere in Aotearoa, as long as you can travel to the scheduled noho (residential stays) for your courses throughout the year. Most noho are held at the Ōtaki campus or our Manukau or Gisborne sites. You will also need to have a good internet connection and reliable laptop or computer while you are studying to attend hui online and complete online course components.
For an example of what noho dates look like over a year, check out the Maramataka Schedule 2020.
Do I need to attend Kura Tautoko?
Kura Tautoko is not compulsory, but it is an opportunity for you to take some time away from whānau and work commitments in order to complete course work and assignments. During kura tautoko, our campus and sites are open with academic staff and services available to support you in your studies.
What can I expect at Hui Rumaki Reo?
You will attend Hui Rumaki Reo twice a year; once in huringa 1 (semester 1) and again in huringa 2 (semester 2), giving you a chance to put to practice what you have learned in your online te reo course and complete any oral assessments.
The first Hui Rumaki Reo can be quite an overwhelming experience, but you will not be alone. You will start with an introduction to the protocols and expectations and get to know your fellow students from across programmes before going into full immersion that evening. You will be given resources to assist you during this time. Te Wānanga o Raukawa has been holding immersion hui for nearly 40 years so you can be assured that you are in good hands.
Each day begins with karakia and mōteatea before you move into your year group classes. There are also work groups and a whole range of fun activities that allow you to practise your reo while developing lifelong friendships. While hui rumaki are challenging and will take you out of your comfort zone, it is an experience our students enjoy and often miss when the hui is over.
Tip: Ensure you complete all your online activities prior to Hui Rumaki Reo. This will give you the best advantage and allow you to concentrate on the learnings each day.
Can I bring my children to noho with me?
We encourage you to make the most of learning while you are attending noho or Hui Rumaki Reo. Unless your child is breast feeding or you can bring a caregiver with you, for the benefit of your fellow students and yourself we encourage you to arrange childcare before each noho. During Covid-19, for the safety of your tamariki, we have asked that students and staff do not bring their tamariki on to site.
What is the difference between studying here and gaining a qualification elsewhere?
A Māori world view flows throughout every qualification offered at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, so no matter what you are studying you are also gaining knowledge that our ancestors held and lived by allowing you to develop your senses from a Māori worldview.
The skills you gain in the online environment are transferable in whichever sector you choose to work in. Iwi, hapū and reo studies will not only allow you to develop personally, but set you apart from others competing in the same work space.
Our aim is to produce graduates who are Māori in the way they think, act and behave and who will pass the mātauranga on to future generations, ensuring the survival of us as a people. The success of one graduate is the success of another whānau, hapū, and iwi.
How long are the noho?
For the majority of qualifications, you will attend residential seminars or noho throughout the year. Most noho run Friday to Sunday with the exception of the teaching programmes which include week days in the noho schedule. You will also attend one Hui Rumaki Reo each semester. Hui Rumaki Reo are six days long from Tuesday to Sunday. During noho, you will be accommodated on site with all meals provided. Depending on your chosen speciality, you could be travelling to noho 6 to 10 times a year for both specialty and Hui Rumaki Reo.
What are the types of qualifications at Te Wānanga o Raukawa?
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Visit the Programmes Codes and Titles page to see all qualifications.