Poutāhū Ahunga Tikanga

Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Laws and Philosophy

The Poutāhū Ahunga Tikanga graduate will be able to explain cosmogony as the basis of tikanga prior to contact with Western Influences. The authenticity of certain texts and materials on Māori cosmogony and tikanga will also be considered. Reinterpretations of tikanga that have flowed from interaction between tikanga Māori and Pākehā law are examined and deconstructed and tauira will enquire into the potential for tikanga to underpin contemporary developments and strategies.

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Poutāhū Ahunga Tikanga

Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Laws and Philosophy 

Code: PtAT
Credits: 120
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 8
Delivery: Residential seminars, self directed learning and online delivery
Location: Ōtaki
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Next Intake: Huringa 1 (14 March 2022)
Entry Requirements: Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. Evidence of support from a hapū or iwi is to be provided. Candidates must be able to show that they have the background which is appropriate for the successful undertaking of the programme. Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required.
Tuition Fees: $3,778 (approximately)




  • Year One

    TAT401 Te Orokohanga O Te Ao: Māori Theories of Existence
    TAT402 He Mātāpono: Foundational Principles
    TAT403 Te Ahunga Tikanga: The Creation Of Law
    TAT404 Te Whakaparori I Ngā Tikanga: The Distortion Of Māori Law


    TIH401 Ko Ngā Kaumātua: He Puna Kōrero
    TIH402 Ko Te Marae Me Ōna Āhuatanga: Ko Tōna Tōnuitanga
    TIH403 Ko Ngā Kōrero O Mua O Te Iwi: He Tātaritanga
    TIH404 Ko Te Hapū: Ko Wai Ahau, Nā Wai Ahau, Nō Whea Ahau?


    TREO401 Te Whakatupu I Te Reo I: Advanced Reo I
    TREO404 Te Reo Ōpaki: Everyday Situational Language



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After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Senior Advisor / Advocate for Indigenous Rights Issues
  • Researcher and Presenter of Waitangi Tribunal Claims
  • Senior Policy Advisor / Analyst
  • Senior Tikanga / Cultural Advisor