New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora (Level 5)

The New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora is an innovative programme focused on family wellbeing.

This qualification gives you an advantage if your goal is to enter one of the many care/allied welfare roles in iwi, non-governmental organisations, maraes, hospitals, and churches, or if you're aiming to work as a social work assistant or volunteer.

Equally, if you're already working in the industry this is a great way to formalise your skills, or retrain in a different area.

With an emphasis on knowledge, industry skills, and cultural competence across a wide range of disciplines, the programme enables you to work towards positive health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families.

It's delivered by specialists with international experience and has been warmly welcomed by senior professionals in the industry.

Graduates who meet the selection criteria for the Bachelor of Social Work may be eligible to continue straight into the second year of Toi Ohomai’s Bachelor of Social Work.

Content Details

During your study you'll learn effective networking and communication skills, as well as how to understand community and individual needs from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, and human development.

Basic te reo is also covered, along with a unique Treaty-based professional practice paper, and you'll gain a perspective on mātauranga Māori wellbeing approaches.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students approx. fee between $5,660.00 and $5,690.00

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 requirements you'll receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the transferable skills and knowledge to undertake roles as kaimahi in:

  • Care worker
  • Support worker
  • Junior Wellbeing Analyst
  • Health Advocate or Advisor
  • Community Worker

Graduates will have the transferrable skills and knowledge to:

  • Facilitate better decision making for individual and community health
  • Support whānau, hapū iwi and/or hapori projects and/or initiatives

Study Pathways

Subject to any prerequisites, students may continue their study with another provider to a Level 6 qualification, including:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Kaupapa Māori Public Health (Level 6)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied)(Level 6)

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

Applicants must be:

  • 17 years of age or over
  • a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have the requisite visa for study purposes
  • able to demonstrate adequate literacy and/or numeracy skills to meet all academic and health and safety requirements

Academic Entry Criteria

For domestic applicants under 20 years old:

  • University Entrance/NCEA credits as per NZQA requirements; or
  • Evidence of ability to complete the academic requirements for the programme.

For applicants 20 years old and over:

  • Demonstrated academic ability (at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent) to undertake the New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora (Level 5) programme and have the ability to succeed through personal attributes, work and life experience.

Other Requirements

  • Satisfactory Police Check
  • Satisfactory references provided
  • Satisfactory attendance and participation in a selection interview


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 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement 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.