Programme Details

Credits: 120
Level: 3
Start: February 2022
Location: Kokiri Centre (51 Macandrew Road, Dunedin)
Duration: 40 Weeks
Delivery: Combination of classroom and hands-on learning
Entry Requirements: Open Entry – there are no academic requirements to enrol in this programme

Programme Description

Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic have developed this programme to train whanau and support workers to understand how to support each other and to uplift, listen to and help each other be successful. 

This programme is for those who wish to work with Maori and whanau in the development of a whanau-centred approach that supports whanau wellbeing.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under supervision to apply knowledge of Maori philosophies and theories of Maori wellbeing. This qualification will prepare you for entry level work caring for or supporting people, from youth to adulthood.

  • Implications of legislation on hauora Maori
  • How to manage personal safety when working with whanau
  • Tikanga in relation to rongoa rakau
  • Key dimensions of hauora
  • How to prepare a nutritionally-balanced diet using kai totika Maori
  • Tikanga associated with hauora in the home
  • Processes of accountability within hauora
  • Knowledge of rongoa Maori in relation to the prevention and treatment of illness
  • Explain anger management in a hauora context
  • Explain tikanga in relation to the human anatomy

 Programme Delivery

Delivery is a combination of classroom learning and hands-on learning.

Facilitators use korero, presentations, visuals, study notes, reliable information from websites and other texts to support an interactive approach that delivers knowledge and supports the introduction and practice of skills and tikanga.

Practical skills are introduced by facilitator demonstration, group activities, and practical tasks, and opportunity is provided to undertake real-world activities.

Self-directed work involves investigation and completion of individual assignments for assessment.

For further information please email:

Academic Manager


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