FREE | Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga (Waka Ama) (Kaupae 4) | NZ Certificate in Tikanga (Waka Ama) (Level 4)

Please note this programme is on hold for 2024.

Study Options



41 weeks


Level 4

Ki te hoe!

Enrol now on this exciting new programme and immerse yourself in waka ama (outrigger canoeing).


This qualification is for people who want to develop some understanding of tikanga (plural) within a specialist field founded on a Māori world view and who have completed the Level 3 waka ama programme or equivalent.

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

Subject areas

  • Advance paddling and racing technique in the traditional indigenous sport of waka ama
  • Te reo me ōna tikanga; local kōrero/history
  • Fitness and wellbeing for all ages, for whānau, hapū, iwi and local communities; and health and safety

The programme will also cover:

  • Waka ama both historical and contemporary
  • Practical learning of paddling technique, safety procedures and enhancing performance on the water
  • Living a healthy lifestyle – personal fitness and nutrition
  • Teamwork
  • Caring for the environment
  • Coaching
  • Constructing a hoe (paddle)


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Weekly night classes with four weekend wānanga throughout the year.


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


You must have completed the approved foundation programme Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga (Waka Ama) (Kaupae 3) | NZ Certificate in Tikanga (Waka Ama) [(Level 3) or equivalent.

Your future career and study opportunities

Upon graduating you will be able to progress to Level 4 or 5 Te Reo Māori / Waka Ama programmes.

Graduates will be able to compete and/or coach beginners to waka ama typically in a voluntary capacity.

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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


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