Te Aka Pūtaiao

Te Aka Pūtaiao (Kaupae 5)

The level 5 certificate in environmental studies provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to examine traditional and contemporary models of science relating to the environment. 

The programme aims 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 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.


Visit the Careers NZ website for more information on this qualification.

Start Date
Sem 1: 15 Feb to 4 Jul 2021, Sem 2: 19 Jul to 5 Dec 2021
20 weeks
Blended learning including noho, wānanga, online learning and self-directed learning
Applications Close
Applications close
1 Mar 2021 (Sem 1) and 2 Aug 2021 (Sem 2)
Campus Location
Available nationally based on demand
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Tuition fees free

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