New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi (Level 4) - Whakairo

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Interested in Whakairo (Māori carving)?

Do you want to learn more about the tikanga, whakapapa, and kaupapa associated with this traditional art form? Under the guidance of our expert tutors, you will get hands-on experience and learn a broad range of techniques and skills in this traditional Ngā Toi (Art). You will also learn to engage in the tikanga and traditions of whakairo. This course will give you the confidence and ability to help you fulfil your dreams of being a carver.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Select and apply creative processes, methods, and techniques to create solutions for familiar problems

  • Compare the processes of others’ and explore artistic evolution and variation, to inform own art form practice

  • Create and complete Ngā Toi projects, under broad guidance and in accordance with project briefs

  • Manage project briefs, under broad guidance, to produce Ngā Toi work

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences; and

  • be able to read, write, and communicate either English or Te Reo sufficient to be able to study at this level; and

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes; and

  • submit an acceptable portfolio of art work


New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi (Level 4) with a strand in Whakairo

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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