Entry to Te Ōhanga Mataora: Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori Nursing is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18 years

Minimum qualification - Applicants must meet both the Academic and Suitability entry requirements below

Academic entry requirements

NCEA Level 3 made up of:

  1. 14 credits at Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects from list of approved subjects within the NZ curriculum with standards at Level 3;
  2. A minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher of Mathematics on the National Qualifications Framework; and
  3. Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
    1. 5 credits in reading
    2. 5 credits in writing


  • Demonstration of an ability to study at Level 5 through either a portfolio or presentation to a selection panel; or
  • Successful completion of an approved pre-entry foundation learning programme;
  • Previous work and life experience may be taken into account for mature students. Each applicant will be assessed on merit and admission granted at the discretion of the Head of School.
Suitability entry requirements

Attend an interview to determine:

  • How prepared you are to undertake tertiary study
  • If you have a genuine desire to engage in te reo me ōna tikanga
  • Ability to meet the Health Practitioners Act 2003 (if applicable) as well as any NCNZ registration board requirements in terms of being fit for registration

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • appropriate interpersonal communication skills
  • personal presentation
  • maturity and a positive attitude
  • commitment and motivation to succeed
  • The suitability of a candidate will also be assessed with reference to health declaration, referee reports, health assessment and/or screening and police vetting results.

Additional qualifications: 

Application Process

Applicants seeking entry into Te Ōhanga Mataora must provide acceptable evidence that they meet the following criteria:

  • A genuine desire to undertake a career in nursing within Māori communities; and a willingness to engage in Te Reo Me Tikanga
  • Meet the requirements for fitness for registration in accordance with Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and as determined by the Nursing Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a nurse in terms of good character and being fit and proper see Section 621a of these regulations.
Special Admission

Special Admission may be granted, where a tauira is over the age of 20 years at the start of the programme and they can provide sufficient evidence of work experience, skill, education, background knowledge, commitment and support to successfully undertake the programme of study. Tauira must provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

Special admission may be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School or Regional Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

  • Enrolment onto the programme is subject to the approval of the Selection Committee, and will only be accepted after academic approval has been finalised, and meet the Academic Regulations requirements for enrolment.
All applicants must provide:
  • Health Declaration:  A medical certificate may be requested from applicants
  • Declaration of any criminal offences: To satisfy Nursing Council requirements for registration, applicants are required to declare all criminal offences and complete a ‘Consent to Disclosure of Information’ Exception form, which is forwarded to the Licensing & Vetting Service Centre of the New Zealand Police.
  • Police Vetting:  All enrolments in the programme are subject to satisfactory police vetting this may take several months. If the results of your police check are unsatisfactory, your enrolment will be withdrawn.
  • Health Screening:  On acceptance into the programme applicants will be required to complete health screening for Chicken Pox Measles Hepatitis B Rubella and Tuberculosis.
  • First Aid & CPR certificate:  Tauira enrolling on Te Ohanga Mataora will need to provide evidence of completion of a First Aid and CPR Certificate preferably prior to the commencement of the programme, or within six months of beginning the programme.
Special entry requirements
  • In exceptional circumstances the Head of School may, on the recommendation of the programme co-ordinator, accept applicants who can demonstrate the abilities required to successfully complete the programme requirements.

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