Te Pitau a Manaia [Kaupae 5] | NZ Diploma in Ngā Toi [Level 5]

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1 year


Level 5

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Toihoukura! Toihoutangata! Toihoukura!

Māori art is a specialised field that is highly sought locally, nationally and internationally.

As a student of Te Pitau a Manaia you will be taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Māori artists who have vested many years in ensuring Māori art is safeguarded and handed on to future generations.

As a graduate of the diploma you will form part of the face, voice and vehicle to move Māori contemporary art beyond the 21st century.

You will initially be introduced to a wide range of art disciplines with a view to specialization if you opt to continue study at Toihoukura in subsequent years. Successful completion of Te Pitau a Manaia | NZ Diploma in Ngā Toi entitles you to apply directly for Year Two of Te Toi o Nga Rangi | Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts at Toihoukura. Toihoukura’s wānanga based delivery provides the opportunity to link to past traditional practices whilst allowing scope to express art forms in a modern format. Leading Māori art specialists are often called upon to share their expertise providing a ‘real life’ perspective of the art world to you.

Future Study and Career Opportunities

Career opportunities can include: practicing artist, teacher, gallery and exhibitions curator, hapu and iwi, Rūnanga and community group positions and a wide range of creative industry vocations.

Pathway to degree and postgraduate studies:

  • Te Toi o Nga Rangi | Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts
  • Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-a-Rangi) | Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours)
  • Te Ara Pourewa | Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies
  • Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao) | Master of Professional Creative Practice



This programme is a one year, 120 credit diploma. It is taught by some of New Zealand’s premier Māori artists and is well supported by New Zealand’s Māori arts sector, Māori communities and a range of leading Māori art specialists across the nation.

You will develop your creativity through focusing on art practice underpinned by traditional research methods. As studies are primarily based at Toihoukura in Gisborne, academic research is informed by te reo Māori me ona tikanga o Te Tairāwhiti.

Toihoukura has a comprehensive annual exhibition schedule and marae based wānanga programme which is embedded across all year levels to guarantee the integrity of the practice of art within a Māori paradigm.


  • Realise their full potential intellectually and creatively
  • Affirm the importance of te reo, tikanga, kawa and mōteatea as the basis of Māori artistic expression
  • Are effective and confident art professionals
  • Can contribute to the restoration, conservation and development of art and design skills and practices unique to hapū, iwi and waka
  • Are confident and competent in all aspects of Māori culture relevant to Māori art and design
  • Are confident to contribute to projects locally, nationally and internationally


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.

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.

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