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.