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Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori, Waka Ama) [Kaupae 3] NZ Certificate in Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori, Waka Ama) [Level 3]

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 3


Subject to approval and accreditation. This qualification is for people who want to develop some understanding of tikanga (plural) within a specialist field founded on a Maori world view.

Graduates of this qualification will have some knowledge and skills to support and participate in the practice of tikanga under limited supervision.


Enrol now on this exciting new programme that offers two pathways.  Either expand your current knowledge about tikanga marae (marae
protocols) or immerse yourself in waka ama (outrigger canoeing).


  • Matauranga Maori endorsement
  • A range of protocols that underpin powhiri (formal welcoming of visitors on the marae) and whakangahau (entertaining visitors with
    waiata, haka, etc.)
  • The marae, its art forms and how they relate to local histories.
  • Key events in Maori history and the impact on tikanga Maori, matauranga Maori.
  • Waka ama endorsement:
  • Learn about, and be immersed in, the traditional indigenous sport of waka ama.
  • Te reo me ona tikanga;
  • Fitness and wellbeing for all ages, for whanau, hapu, iwi and local communities; and health and safety. The programmes will also cover
    content on
  • The history behind waka ama – the ancient voyaging and navigation across and around the Pacific Ocean
  • Practical learning of paddling technique, safety procedures and enhancing performance on the water
  • Living a healthy lifestyle.


February, July
Weekly nightclasses with three weekend Wananga


You must have completed the approved foundation programme, Matauranga Maori:

Level 2 te reo Maori or equivalent Waka Ama:
Level 2 tikanga Maori or have an equivalent qualification.

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