Bachelor of Māori Art - Maunga Kura Toi

Raranga (weaving), rauangi (visual arts), or whakairo (carving)

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About this programme

This degree enables you to develop traditional skills in a programme that is steeped in Māori language and culture. You can choose from raranga (weaving); rauangi (visual arts) or whakairo (carving) as your kaupapa toi (art form). With highly experienced and passionate tutors, you will also complete taumata atakura (core) and elective courses.

The degree has three endorsements: Raranga, Whakairo, and Rauangi and you will enrol into a specific kaupapa toi.

The degree embraces mātauranga Māori to support people to be reflective, culturally aware and responsive, to think deeply and critically about toi Māori, its challenges and potential. The degree is for those who are committed to working honourably and collaboratively to make a positive difference for the benefit of whānau, hapū and iwi.


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How you will learn

This programme consists of weekly tutorials (in person or online) and monthly noho marae (marae stays), which enables students to study off-campus for much of the programme. The noho marae are on-site at NorthTec’s Whangarei Campus and involve intensive workshops. All students are required to attend the noho marae at specified times throughout the programme (weekends).

All classes, with the exception of the weekend workshops, are delivered onsite and can be attended in person or by distance (online).

What you will learn 

Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art aims to produce graduates who have an advanced portfolio of skills, knowledge and aptitudes. This includes conceptual and theoretical competencies as well as technical and procedural abilities appropriate to Toi Māori.

This programme embraces Māori philosophies, Māori principles and Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). It is further distinguished from other degrees in New Zealand because of its strong emphasis on rangahau and project management. Graduates will be culturally aware, responsive and reflective and demonstrate an ability to work honourably and collaboratively with whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori.
This is not an immersion Māori programme however Māori language and culture are woven through all aspects of the study programme.
The programme has a focus on

  • Customary/ traditional knowledge and practice for a chosen kaupapa toi

  • Mātauranga Māori

  • Principled practice and praxis

  • Creative process and practice

You will learn to analyse, select and apply techniques, processes and practices according to a kaupapa Māori context for the production of creative work.
You will become skilled in your chosen kaupapa toi and be able to work confidently as an individual and in collaborative projects.
You will complete both Taumata Atakura (core), Kaupapa Toi (endorsement specific), and elective courses.

  • Taumata Atakura courses integrate principles approaches to practice underpinned by mātauranga Māori. 

  • Kaupapa Toi courses concentrate or specialise during the programme in addition to the core curriculum.  Each endorsement that is offered will define a framework including the number and specific kōnae ako required to complete the endorsement as well as a number of electives you can select which are relevant to the endorsement.

  • Electives allow you to select additional courses which currently cover either teaching or curatorial skills. 

Courses in this programme

Year 1 - Compulsory Level Credits
501.1 - Kura: Te Au Mahora / Papa Tikanga (Individual Project) 5 15
502.1 - Kura: Te Au Wawae / Creative Analysis and Creative Process 5 15
503.1 - Kura: Te Au Komokomo / Values and Belief Systems 5 15
504.1 - Kura: Te Ao Kōmiro / Traditional Knowledge and Practice 5 15
505.1 - Kura: Te Au I Tuia / Creative Development 5 15
506.1 - Kura: Te Au i Kura / Toi Appreciation and Practice 1 5 15
507.1 - Kaupapa Wānanga 1 (Te Whakaohonga Ake) 5 15
508.1 - Kaupapa Rangahau 1 (Te Whakaemi Pūkenga) 5 15
Year 2 - Compulsory Level Credits
601.1 - Kura: Te Kare I Whakaara / Creative Advancement (Individual Project) 6 15
602.1 - Kura: Te Kare i Rauroha / Tools of Analysis (Advanced) 6 15
603.1 - Kura: Te Kare i Āroha / Toi Appreciation and Practice 2 6 15
604.1 - Kura: Te Kare i Rokohina / Traditional Knowledge and Practice 2 6 15
605.1 - Kura: Te Kare i Ngakia / Toi Advancement 6 30
606.1 - Kaupapa Wānanga 2 (Te Horopaki Wānanga) 6 15
607.1 - Kaupapa Rangahau 2 (Te Kawenga Arotahi) 6 15
Year 3 - Compulsory Level Credits
701.1 - Kura: Te Tuki A Kiko / Creative Excellence (Individual Project) 7 30
702.1 - Kura: Te Tuki a Ohaoha / Business 7 15
705.1 - Kura: Te Tuki a Whakaamorangi / Toi Māori Excellence 7 30
706.1 - Kaupapa Wānanga 3 (He Huinga Aronui) 7 15
707.1 - Kaupapa Rangahau 3 (Te Whakatōpū Pūmanawa) 7 15
Year 3 – Electives – Choose ONE of the following: Level Credits
703.1 - Kura: Te Tuki a Paremata (Curatorial Skills) 7 15
704.1 - Kura: Te Tuki a Whakaahorangi (Teaching) 7 15

Career opportunities and pathways

There are a number of institutions that offer master’s programmes and graduates can pathway into these for further study, provided all admission criteria are met.
Skills gained in this programme will prepare you for:

  • Teacher training in secondary, Kura Kaupapa, tertiary level art and Māori art education

  • Developing the potential of Māori design to support business developments in tā moko, computer graphic design, art galleries, fashion, film and television

  • Curatorial positions, conservation, exhibitions in public museums and art galleries

  • Preparation of portfolios for workshops (wānanga) on marae or for private, corporate and government commissioned work

  • Operation of an art studio or exhibition space to generate an income

  • Production and organisation of artistic work required for stage, Māori theatre and performance, television, and work in freelance advertising

  • Work in tourism.

Entry requirements

All applicants must attend an interview, and show a portfolio of art work. Kaiako will determine relevance.

To be eligible for entry into the first year of this programme, applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident; and

  • Be at least 16 years of age or over (unless an exemption has been granted) at the commencement of the programme; and

Level 5 (Year 1) applicants must have:

  • Successfully completed Kāwai Raupapa - Certificate in Māori Art or an equivalent toi qualification (120 credits at Level 4), or

  • NCEA Level 2; or

  • Proof of relevant experience equivalent to that provided in the Kāwai Raupapa Level 4 programme graduate profile.

All applicants are required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled.

Level 6 (Year 2) applicants must have:

  • Successfully completed Toi Paematua – Diploma of Māori Art (Level 5) or Toi Paematua – Diploma of Māori and Indigenous Art (Level 5) (leading to the NZ Diploma in Ngā Toi (Level 5) or Year 1 of Maunga​ Kura Toi; or

  • Been granted recognition of prior learning

All applicants are required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled into Year 2 of this degree

Qualifications gained

Maunga Kura Toi - Bachelor of Māori Art 

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Full time/Part time


3 years full time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $4,877.40 (Year 1)

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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