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New EIT programme focusing on tikanga and waka ama

June 10, 2019

The traditional sport of waka ama is becoming more and more popular.

EIT’s Te Ūranga Waka, School of Māori Studies, is launching a new certificate, Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga (Kaupae 3) – NZ Certificate in Tikanga (Level 3). Starting in July, this programme will be offered with a choice of two specialisations, mātauranga Māori or waka. The popularity of the traditional indigenous sport of waka ama has increased significantly so EIT is meeting the new demand. 

The proposed Level 3 programme, with a focus on mātauranga Māori, will analyse a range of protocols to understand their background and meaning, and discuss the importance of manaakitanga and whakangahau. A substantial part of the curriculum will be marae based and include its art forms and how they relate to local history. 

“The over-arching aim is to expand the offerings of Te Ūranga Waka and Te Whatukura, as Schools of Māori Studies and diversify our programme portfolio”, says Pareputiputi Nuku, Pouarataki, Te Ūranga Waka.

The proposed Level 3 waka ama focus, will target ākonga (students) wishing to learn about, and be immersed in waka ama. The programme covers subjects like fitness and wellbeing for all ages, for whānau, hapū, iwi and local communities as well as health and safety.

The students will be able to study history of waka ama as well as its national significance today. The programme comprises practical learning of paddling techniques, safety procedures and enhancing performance on the water, as well as skills and knowledge related to the many aspects of living a healthy lifestyle.

Te reo Māori will naturally be integrated throughout both the mātauranga Māori and the waka ama curriculum.

The proposed programme which is currently going through the accreditation process with NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), will be offered at both the Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti campuses as well as EIT Regional Learning Centres.