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Te Hapara, Diploma in Māori Studies

DiplomaFull time - 1 year, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$ 2,900 - 3,300


February, July


Please enquire



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Enrich your identity and discover new strengths on your pathway to success with this expanded connection to Māori language and culture.

In our diploma you will explore courses in language, linguistics and culture supported by our whānau environment.

We nurture your growth with a deeper understanding of our Māori world view, allowing you to be open to a broader perspective of yourself, the strengths that support your success and the positive influence you can have in your community and work environment.

In addition to these core subjects, we offer options to study in the following areas: Māori development, health and welfare.

We will also support your study in academic development courses to prepare you for entry to higher level diplomas and degrees.

A maximum of 30 elective credits from any diploma or degree programme at Ara or other New Zealand polytechnic or university may also be included towards this qualification.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 36 credits in NCEA Level 2 over three subjects plus 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 in te reo Maori.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

  • Or a pass in the Certificate in Maori Studies, Te Ata Hou.

Additional requirements
  • If you do not meet the above entry criteria but are still interested in this area of study, you may wish to consider Te Ata Hou or Te Haeata, the Ara Maori Studies Foundation Certificate programmes which provide pathways to this diploma.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this diploma.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme you will have a thorough understanding of Māori language and customs, history and our contemporary standing in New Zealand today.

Te Hāpara is a qualification useful in a range of settings including roles that deliver initiatives to improve Māori health and welfare outcomes. Other positions involving resourcing and management within iwi-based organisations, government departments and corporations, or community and social development agencies may also be of interest. Alternatively you could apply your knowledge in the fields of education, tourism, arts, media and sports.

Study pathways

Te Hāpara graduates meet the entry criteria for Te Atatū, Diploma in Māori Studies or you can also progress to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Language (Māori).

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