Poutāhū Whakaakoranga Akorau

Postgraduate Diploma in Blended Teaching and Learning (Pre-service, Māori Medium, Primary)

The Poutāhū Akorau is a one-year Postgraduate Diploma offered to anyone currently holding an existing degree in any field.  This tohu is an excellent choice for those wanting to begin their career teaching and enhance their skills by implementing kaupapa Māori based blending learning options through technology (ICT) within their classrooms.

Offered in te Reo Māori, this qualification will prepare you for a Māori immersion or bilingual classroom environment. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills across a range of curriculum areas, drawing on kaupapa tuku iho and applying this to a classroom setting.  With two 7-week practicums throughout the year, you will be well prepared to enter the classroom. 

As a graduate of this qualification you will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, organise, lead and validate a kaupapa Māori information technology learning space, and be well sought after for those skills.  The inclusion of iwi, hapū and reo studies will add value to and enhance your personal and professional development on this tohu.

Successful graduates of this qualification will meet the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand graduating teachers’ standard requirements, and may be eligible for provisional registration as a teacher.

This tohu is approved by the Education Council of Aotearoa, TeachNZ Study Awards apply.

Expressions of interest for 2020 will open 05 July, 2019 until 29 November 2019.

There are three stages to the assessment criteria for entry:

  1. Expression of interest
  2. Interview
  3. Invitation to enrol

Please email Mereana.winterburn@twor-otaki.ac.nz to complete an expression of interest. There are only 15 spaces available in this programme in 2020.




Poutāhū Whakaakoranga Akorau

Postgraduate Diploma in Blended Teaching and Learning (Pre-service, Māori Medium, Primary)

Code: PtWA
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 (March)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 20 years. Life experience, maturity and/or those who are already placed or volunteering in Kura will be at an advantage.  Holders of an existing bachelor degree or higher.  Intermediate to advanced level of te reo Māori and ICT.  You will also be required to complete additional processes such as police vetting, numeracy and literacy and attend a selection interview. For more information on entry requirements see appendix one of academic regulations.
Tuition Fees: $3,674 (2019 approximately)



  • Year One

    PtWA401 Kia Rangatira Te Tū
    PtWA402 Ngā Poukopu o Te Whare Ako
    PtWA403 Tihe Te Ao Pāngarau!
    PtWA404 Arohatia Te Reo!


    TIH404 Ko Te Hapū: Ko Wai Ahau, Nā Wahi Ahau, Nō Whea Ahau?


    TREO404 Te Reo Ōpaki: Everyday Situational Language

After Graduation

I muri kura

Specialised Subject Area Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Primary School Teacher, Secondary School Teacher.