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Te Whakangungutanga Ki Ngā Tāiro a Kupe – Bachelor of Arts (Māori)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 5-7


If you want to play a part in shaping a positive social, political and economic future for Aotearoa New Zealand, a thorough understanding of Te reo Māori and tikanga is essential ­as special taonga, to be shared with all New Zealanders.

With the Bachelor of Arts (Māori) you’ll enhance your career prospects and social standing within the community, while contributing to the ongoing drive to revitalise the culture and language of indigenous New Zealand.

Future Career and Study Opportunities

Enables graduates to pursue a professional career in a variety of fields i.e:

  • Government departments
  • Hospital Boards
  • Teaching (kōhanga, primary to secondary, adults)
  • Working with local Iwi (liaison, policy advisor)
  • Television/radio (reporter, scriptwriter, announcer, bilingual researcher.)

Graduates can gain entry into the one year, full-time Bachelor of Arts Honours (Māori) programme or look into Masters Studies.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Graduate Profile

Karen Albert completed her Bachelor of Arts (Māori) degree at Te Whatukura, EIT Tairāwhiti.  Karen shares with us her experiences, her journey and her passion for supporting students during their time at EIT.



A personal interview is part of the application process.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

Standard Entry

  • A minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects and a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in Reading and 4 credits must be in Writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.
  • At least 75 Level 2 NCEA credits in one year in best 4 subjects or
  • Have successfully completed the EIT Certificate in Māori Studies (Level 4) programme or equivalent.

Admission by Mature Entry

  • You may begin the degree if you will be over 20 years of age on 1 March of year of enrolment, are in your first year of study and can demonstrate you have sufficient knowledge of Te Reo Māori as well as other relevant experience.

Special Admission

School leavers can begin the degree if they can demonstrate they have a good chance of succeeding and have a sufficient level of Te Reo Māori.

Provisional Part-time Admission

  • People who do not meet the above criteria can apply for one or two first year courses, to show they are capable of succeeding at degree level, and then apply for full admission for the remainder of the degree programme.

Please Note

  • Entry to subsequent study is conditional on success at the entry level.

English language entry requirement

An interview is part of the acceptance process to determine capability of understanding a third language.

Entry with credit

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognised as part of your intended study. This may take a number of different forms including study while at high school, study at a private training establishment, workplace training, other tertiary study, life experiences or voluntary work. If you think you may qualify, you may want to apply for Cross Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning.

  • Cross Credit is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for Cross Credit if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

You will be asked to provide details of anything that you would like to be considered as credit toward your intended programme of study, as part of your application.

You must apply prior to enrolment. RPL and Cross Credit cannot be awarded for a course if you are already enrolled in that course. Please discuss at your interview.

For further information and enquiries about RPL and Cross Credit, Hawke’s Bay students please contact Puti Nuku, telephone (06) 830 1604; Gisborne students please contact Maria Wynyard, telephone (06) 869 3023.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus