Certificate in Māori Foundation Studies - Te Haeata Certificate in Māori Foundation Studies - Te Haeata

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CertificateFull time - 1 semester

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



No fee, $87.60 levy


February, July


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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street


Take your first steps toward learning the essence of Māori culture, language and tradition within our supportive whānau environment.

Our six month foundation programme with a Māori studies focus is designed for students who want to develop academic skills and knowledge for further areas of tertiary study.

In this programme you will learn about language, myths, traditions and history, while upholding our core values of manaakitanga, aroha, rangatiratanga and whanaungatanga.

You also have the opportunity to advance your learning with an elective in one of the following areas:

  • Māori art and design
  • Health and welfare
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Hospitality

Prior to beginning this qualification we invite you to meet with a staff member to discuss all aspects of your studies and talk through any issues that might limit the successful completion of your programme. You will also complete a written assessment to ensure this programme is suitable for your level.

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.










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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

After completing this certificate you will have a greater understanding of Māori language and customs.

This qualification can assist your career with work in tourism, arts and media, health and education, sports, administration and resourcing for social and economic development agencies.

Study pathways

Certificate graduates can progress to the second semester of Te Ata Hōu Certificate in Māori Studies.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Te Reo Māori