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Te Aka Pūtaiao (Kaupae 5)

Te Aka Pūtaiao (Kaupae 5)

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The programme provides tauira with a broad range of skills and knowledge to examine traditional and contemporary models of science pertaining to the environment.
The programmes aims are to:

  • provide opportunities for tauira to gain further knowledge of their own geographical location and significant landmarks within their whānau, hapū or iwi boundaries;
  • retain knowledge of Mātauranga Māori practices, processes and solutions within an environmental context;
  • retain knowledge of Mātauranga Māori that is intrinsic within karakia, waiata, whakataukī/whakatauakī, purākau, pakiwaitara etc;
  • acquire knowledge about contemporary and scientific practices, processes and solutions within an environmental context;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of environmental legislation to inform whānau, hapū and iwi;
  • support whānau, hapū and iwi with their environmental aspirations;
  • develop graduates who can support their whānau, hapū and iwi in finding appropriate solutions to environmental issues or concerns;
  • create more Māori graduates who have skills and knowledge in science;
  • promote the development and validity of Māori values, principles and mātauranga in Māori in the field of environment;
  • create graduates that are equipped with knowledge and skills such as research, self-management, critical thinking and good work ethic in order to be successful in higher tertiary study or gain employment in the environment industry.


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20 Weeks
Start Date: 
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Semester 1

Start Date: 11/02/2019
End Date: 30/06/2019


Semester 2

Start Date: 15/07/2019
End Date: 01/12/2019

Delivery Mode:
Mixed Mode
Total Fee for 2019:

Entry is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

Minimum Age: 
18 years
Minimum Qualification/s: 

Open Entry and who may have completed a level 4 Certificate at 60 credits or more.

Additional Qualifications:

It is expected that applicants have a desire to pursue a specific career or further study in a particular area. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if one lives at some distance from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi campuses, or complete a telephone interview.

Further Study:

Graduates of this programme may progress on to the following qualifications:

Internal Pathways

  • Bachelor of Humanities (Level 7)
  • Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori (Level 7)

External Pathways

  • Rūmakihia te Taiao (Kaupae 6) New Zealand Diploma in Māori Environment Management (Kaupae 6)

Further study at higher levels in the fields of conservation, environmental management, resource management and iwi environmental management.   

Course Code: PUT101
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Kōwae Ako 1: Whanaungatanga – Effective Relationships through Communication

Tauira will be able to develop effective communication skills and use a range of strategies to establish, maintain and manage relationships and reciprocal responsibilities.

Course Code: PUT102
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Kōwae Ako 2: Kaitiakitanga – Traditional and Contemporary Kaitiaki Roles

Tauira will be able to develop strategies to protect and manage the local environment in accordance with Mātauranga Māori and Mātauranga Taiao knowledge.

Course Code: PUT103
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Kōwae Ako 3: Pūkengatanga – Traditional and Contemporary Practices and Solutions

Tauira will be able to demonstrate how natural resources can be protected, managed and sustained in accordance with both Mātauranga Māori knowledge and science/contemporary theories and practices. This will be achieved by understanding and examining relevant legislation, Mātauranga Māori and contemporary practices and solutions within whānau, hapū and iwi settings.

Course Code: PUT104
Course Type: Core
Course Title: Kōwae Ako 4: Rangatiratanga – Environmental Aspirations and Needs of whānau, hapū and iwi

Tauira will be able to exercise and examine their own rights regarding current and future environment aspirations and needs of whānau, hapū and iwi. rangatiratanga. Tauira will also be able to apply Mātauranga Māori, Mātauranga Taiao and contemporary theories, management and practices to provide solutions and processes to local environment concerns and issues.