New Zealand Certificate in Maori Governance (Level 4)

  • March 2020
  • Level 4
  • 1 semester full-time or part-time equivalent
    New Plymouth
  • Domestic students - fees free

Qualification overview

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 mainly on weekends to allow you to continue working while you upskill.

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


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. 

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.

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.

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

Students will gain a sound foundation of understanding the overall aspects of Governance. Specifically this course will enable an understanding of the key concepts of interconnectedness from a holistic Māori world view, further skills and strategies that relate to communications and relationships, such as being able to understand the different types of relationships and stakeholders.

Weekly classes are available in:

New Plymouth  
Wednesdays 12:30pm - 4pm

Tuesdays 5pm-8:30pm

Students also attend noho marae and wānanga:

Noho marae 
Semester 1 dates to be advised due to Covid-19 and one in August (14-16)

Semester 1 dates to be advised due to Covid-19, one in September (12) and one in October (31).




Entry requirements

Open entry.  

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

Career Options

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