FAQs

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 - te  reo  is a component of all qualifications at diploma level and above.  You do not need any  te  reo Māori to begin your studies 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  as well as develop your confidence in the online learning space. 

Do I need to complete iwi and  hapū  and  reo studies?   

Yes, iwi and  hapū  and  te  reo 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  te  reo Māori studies add 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  upon enrolling in your Heke or Poutuarongo qualification.  

What level of  computing skills should I have to study at  Te  Wānanga o Raukawa?  

While we have  staff  who can assist you develop and hone your skills, you should feel comfortable using the Microsoft suite of programmes including Word,  Powerpoint, Outlook email  and in some cases, Excel.  All students have access to  Microsoft Office 365 and require these applications to complete their studies.   

Iwi, hapū  and reo studies are completed  in the online space through weekly activities and include  written assignments  and online activities.    

Do I need to move to  Ōtaki  to complete my studies?    

Students must attend noho  throughout the year but no, you don't have to move to Ōtaki. The noho are held at the  Ōtaki  campus or Manukau and Gisborne sites. If you are studying te reo Māori full time, you may want to think about moving  to, or near,  Ōtaki. Students in the Heke Reo diploma and undergraduate degree attend classes Monday to Thursday at the  Ōtaki  campus, so it is best to live within daily travelling distance.    

For all noho dates, check out the Maramataka Schedule.

Do I need to attend Kura Tautoko?  

Kura  Tautoko  is not compulsory  but is  an opportunity for you to take some time away from  whānau and work commitments  in order to complete your studies.  During this time our campus  and sites  are open  with academic staff and services open to support you in your journey.  

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 learnt in the online space  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 over 30 years so you can be assured  that you are in good hands.  

Each  day  begins with  karakia , mōteatea  and you will go in to  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 bring a caregiver with you,  we encourage for yourself and your fellow  students  that you arrange childcare before each  noho.  During Covid-19,  for the safety of your  tamariki,  we have asked that students or staff do not bring their  tamariki  on to site. 

What is the difference between studying here and gaining a qualification elsewhere? 

Mātauranga  Māori 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.