New Zealand Certificate in Maaori Governance (Level 4)

  • 15 March 2022
  • Level 4
  • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
    Available in Hawera or New Plymouth
  • Domestic - 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 part-time to allow you to continue working while you upskill.

Gain knowledge and skills to fulfil kaupapa Māori based governance roles and activities at first level management, which may also be applied across a range of similar or non-Māori governance roles.

Content Details

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

Thursday 5pm - 8:30pm

Note: Semester 2 will be 4 hours per week with some additonal community-based activities.

Students also attend noho marae and wānanga

Noho marae 

For Trimester 1 & 2 dates, students will be advised in class by the tutor.


For Trimester 1 & 2 dates, students will be advised in class by the tutor.

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