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Certificate in Māori Foundation Studies - Te Haeata

CertificateFull time - 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



No fee, $124.00 levy




Please enquire



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Take your first step on the path of an inspiring journey by learning the essence of Māori culture, language and tradition.

Every day people enter our place of learning - Te Puna Wānaka - and discover something new.

In our unique and supportive whānau environment, we carry the symbolism of a traditional wharenui. Within this foundation programme, our experienced tutors will help you with the first steps of Māori studies and to understand and uphold our values of manaakitanga, aroha, rangatiratanga and whanaungatanga.

Narratives, traditions, our language and history, all are valued and respected. This sense of hospitality, compassion, self-determination and our connectedness with one another is cherished. We will challenge you to develop skills for further tertiary study. We believe you will take the language, learning and customs we have shared with you into a bright and successful future.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 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
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
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.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. 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 application form

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

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion you will have a greater understanding of Māori language and customs which can assist your career with work in areas such as tourism, arts and media, sports, administration and resourcing for social and economic development agencies.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you can progress further related study options offered at Ara including Level 4 certificates and diploma.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Te Reo Māori