Manu Taiko – Toro Parirau (Kaupae 4) - New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance (Level 8)

Do you want a career in kaupapa Māori based governance roles? Transform your previous experience into qualifications and build first level management skills with this course which is delivered only on weekends to allow you to continue working while you upskill.

This course, delivered in partnership with Te Tumu Paeroa, contributes to professional, ethical, social and culturally responsive Maori leadership. You’ll learn through wānanga to build the skills you need to contribute to Maori cultural, educational and economic aspirations. As a graduate of this course you’ll be equipped to fulfil a range of kaupapa Māori based governance roles.

Te Tumu Paeroa

Content Details

BMGT4039: Apiti hono tātai hono
Explores the concepts of kotahitanga (unity of a single particular purpose) and whanaungatanga  (the acts of maintaining and growing relationships) as they relate to effective governance, planning, relationship management, communication strategies and cultural, social and environmental sustainability.

BMGT4040: He Āhuru Mōwai
Explores the concept of Kaitiakitanga (active guardianship and protection) as it relates to effective financial management systems, risk and asset management and implementation, fiduciary responsibilities, financial obligation and sustainability.

BMGT4041: Mana Tangata, Mana Mauri
Explores the concepts of pono and tika (correct, true, valid) as they relate to Governance systems, processes and procedures, legal frameworks, trust deeds/orders, employment matters, conflicts of interest, nepotism and risk mitigation.

BMGT4042: He Taniwha Hiku Roa
Explores the concept of Rangatiratanga (active leadership) through active leadership characteristics, responsibilities and principles, governance versus management and strategic planning.


Planned intakes*: March, April, July, November
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Omaio, Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Turangi
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The course is delivered in monthly, weekend blocks with online components and tutorials.  Please note that the weekend blocks are not noho based.

Between each monthly delivery you are required to complete and submit your assessments. 

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students fees-free

Course related costs may apply

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will recieve:

  • Manu Taiko – Toro Parirau (Kaupae 4) (New Zealand Certificate in Māori Governance (Level 4))

Career Opportunities

  • Māori governance entities
  • Governance entities
  • Māori Land Court governance roles: Administrator, Secretary, Treasurer, Trust Chair, Trustee, Committee member, Kaitiaki

Study Pathways

  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa: Diploma in Māori Governance and Leadership (Level 6)
  • Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: Te Tohu Toi Tangata - Bachelor of Humanities (Indigenous Studies & Business)

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.