Te Ata Hou, Certificate in Maori Studies Te Ata Hou, Certificate in Māori Studies

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CertificateFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$1,420 - $3,950 including 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


Develop to your full potential with this exciting and challenging programme in Māori language, customs, history and development.

Our one year full time certificate will provide you with an understanding of Māori language, customs, history and development, while learning the skills necessary for successful academic study. We guide you in developing excellent study techniques, helping you organise your time, prepare for exams and write essays.

You will explore myths and spirituality, through language arts, performance, sharing and hospitality.

Electives will give you the opportunity to study 30 credits in disciplines such as art and design, health and welfare, computing, mathematics or hospitality.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate 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
  • 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1.
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 Foundation Studies, Te Haeata.

Additional requirements
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 certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

You will have a real understanding of Māori language and customs on completion of this qualification. You may choose to work in administration or communications in iwi-based organisations or private companies in tourism, arts, media and sports sectors. Local and central government agencies in areas like health, education, social policy and economic development also value this qualification.

Study pathways

Te Ata Hōu graduates meet the entry criteria for Te Hāpara - Diploma in Māori Studies and the Bachelor of Language (Māori) and other selected diploma or degree programmes.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Te Reo Māori